Frequently Asked Questions

What is Canine Massage?


Animals benefit from massage for the same reasons us humans do!

  • This nose to tail approach treats the animal as an individual, observing the dog’s body language to help guide the right technique for the right part of the body.
  • Each treatment will include the most effective combination of techniques and provide additional after care suggestions to the owner to maximise the benefits after the treatment and/or until the next.
  • It combines Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, fascia release, stretches and mobilisation approaches for the neck, back and limbs.
  • See Canine Massage for more details.




What is Reiki?


Reiki is an energy therapy which stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms.

  • It can help bring the body back into balance through gentle techniques and release emotional tension.
  • Most animals and human can benefit from Reiki. I've seen a particular strong and positive response from horses as well as dogs. I've also treated pigs, chickens and sheep!
  • See Reiki page for more details.




How do I know if my Pet Needs Treatment?


  • Whether your furry friend is young, old, active or a bit of a plodder, they can benefit from having some TLC treatment.
  • Typical signs your dog may show discomfort can be :- limping (especially after exercise), struggling or slowing down on walks, nibbling/licking/biting a particular area, using one leg more than other or look different when they move, finding it hard to get in/out of car, sleeping more, not wanting to be touched/examined/groomed in a particular area.
  • Common conditions treatment sessions can help with include - arthritis, hip/elbow dysplasia, cruicate ligament disease, spondylosis and many more. Also soft tissue conditions such as strains, sprains, limping.
  • But don't forget, they can also help physiologically. Helping your pet to relax, de-stress and unwind - just like us humans!
  • Treatments can help animals who have injured themselves (recently or had long term), are recovering from an operation, do a lot of activity or suffer with aches and pains – such as arthritis as they get older. Bascially any pet!




How will my Pet React During the treatment?


  • Some animals can take a while to settle but generally they relax into it pretty quickly.
  • It helps to have a peaceful environment where there are unlikely to be distractions such as other pets or people coming and going.
  • If I'm treating your dog and you have a busy household, I am happy to treat your pet in my peaceful garden studio located in Frome, Somerset.




How Long Does the Treatment Last?





How Much Does it Cost?


  • Please go to the Prices for further details and special offers.




Where are Treatments Carried Out?


  • Somewhere quiet without any distractions is the best environment. If you have a busy household, please make a suitable space available.




What Animals Do You Treat?





What Qualifications & Training Have You Completed?


Please see my About Me page.




Which Areas Do You Cover?


  • I cover Frome, Somerset and due to popular demand, I have limited availability in Woking, Surrey and surrounding areas.
  • Anything further than 12 miles from Woking/Frome will incur small mileage charge. Please contact me to discuss.
  • I am also regularly at Whitehouse Kennels near Weston on Supermare. Please contact me if you'd like me to treat your pet there at a special rate!




What is Canine Rehabilitation & Strengthening?


See Canine Rehabilitation & Strengthening page for more details.




What are the Typical Conditions that you Treat for?


The following are quite common, but not exclusive ...... Cruciate ligament issues, hip and/or elbow dysplasia, spondylosis, luxating patella, osteoarthritis. Other issues include - muscle spasms, trigger/pressure points, strains.




What is Animal Acupressure?


Animal acupressure therapy involves applying a light touch to specific points used by acupuncturists, but without needles. Helps physical and emotional health including:-

  • Strengthen muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and bones
  • Relieves muscular spasms
  • Release natural cortisone to reduce inflammation and swelling
  • Resolve injuries more readily by increasing blood flow to remove toxins
  • Release endorphins to increase energy and reduce pain
  • Enhance mental clarity and calm and boosts immune system.
  • See Acupressure page for further details.




What is the Difference Between Animal Physiotherapy & Veterinary Physiotherapy?


None! Animal physiotherapy and veterinary physiotherapy are essentially the same. More information can be found here. http://www.tcap.co.uk/faq/




What is Animal Physiotherapy


Animal/veterinary physiotherapy is a complementary therapy which is carried out under veterinary referral. The most common areas of treatment are

  • Performance enhancement and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Post operative rehabilitation for animals with orthopaedic or neurological conditions.
  • Enhancement of quality of life in patients with degenerative conditions such as arthritis - slowing degeneration and treating compensatory muscle spasm.
Please see Physiotherapy page for further details.




What is the difference between MassageMyDog and PhysioMyDog


Nothing. As my qualifications, knowledge and experience has evolved, calling myself PhysioMyDog better reflects the services I offer.




Do you do free consultations over the phone before I book?


Yes, please contact me to arrange, for no obligation chat to find out how PhysioMyDog can help you and your dog feel and move better.





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