What is Canine Massage Therapy?
It is the assessment and manipulation of soft tissues (skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and fascia) and joints for therapeutic purposes, in the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction.
Canine massage therapy has the best results when the participation of the owner, massage therapist and the supervising veterinarian, are all involved. This ensures the best approach to treatment and an increased overall benefit in the effects of therapy.
- Helps to detect signs of muscle strain
- Reduces muscle tension
- Valuable in improving or maintaining joint mobility, especially in chronic musculoskeletal conditions
- Relieves discomfort\reduces pain
- Improves circulation
- Increases the immune system
- Increases feeling of well-being and provides important mental downtime
- Addresses compensatory and secondary issues that can develop due to injury
- It is an important element of a rehabilitation program
Individualized Treatment Plan
A treatment plan is a very valuable part of an ongoing health maintenance plan. Your canine massage therapist will create and plot out the best course of action that will assist you in reaching your goals for your dog’s active, healthy and happy life. All treatment plans will be approved of by your supervising veterinarian.
Conditions that can be helped with Massage Therapy
- Muscle tension and spasm
- Sprains/strains and tendinitis
- Stress and stress related conditions eg. headaches
- Hip Dysplasia
- Anterior cruciate ligament tear
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
- Anxiety issues
Introduction to Kate Fowler
Kate’s enthusiasm for massage was ignited at as she entered a 2yr equine massage therapy program. She worked long and hard in following her passion in finding a career that included working with horses. After successfully graduating and becoming a REMT, Kate found herself interested in what massage could do for the canine as well! She had already witnessed it help horses with improved performance, injury rehabilitation and preventative health…so she knew it would assist in helping many canine conditions! Kate is very interested in educating owners on the short and long term benefits of massage therapy and providing for them remedial exercises to ensure the benefits have a lasting effect.