Canine Massage

PhysioMy.Dog - Holistic Animal/Veterinary Physiotherapy & Other Hands on Therapies for your Dog
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If you’ve ever had a massage, you’ll appreciate how good it feels.  It’s the same for animals!  


From my own research, massage can enhance a dog's wellbeing by reducing heart rate up to 30% and improve their mobility by increasing their range of motion up to 25%.


Canine massage is a hands-on treatment which forms a huge part of any physiotherapy treatment session.  This soft tissue therapy is an excellent way of helping to reduce pain and discomfort and get your dog moving better and more comfortably - as well as enhancing their wellbeing.  


How do you know if your dog would benefit from massage?  Typical scenarios

  • Dogs who limp after exercise

  • Dogs who have conditions such as hip/elbow dysplasia, arthritis, cruciate ligament or other knee issues, arthritis etc

  • Dogs who are reluctant to want to go out for a walk, get in/out of the car

  • Dogs recovering from injury or operation.  See Physiotherapy page for further details.

This nose to tail approach treats the animal as an individual, observing their 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.


Massage is known to help animals - much like it can help us humans – a few benefits are below.


  • Aids rehabilitation & flexibility - helping your dog be more comfortable in their movement.

  • Encourages blood circulation – increasing the amount of oxygen that reaches tissue, flushing out toxins and waste.

  • Helps to improving muscle tone and range of motion - extremely beneficial for active dogs, as helps to strengthen the muscles and flexibility.

  • Helps injured muscle heal faster, reduce stiffness and tight joints - reducing discomfort from conditions like arthritis, lameness, hip & elbow dysplasia, spondylosis etc, helping to restore mobility.

  • Helps to relieve pain – due to inducing cells to release cytokines and instructing the brain to release pain-killing endorphins.

  • Can enhance overall well-being – providing comfort and relaxation.

Releasing a muscle spasm
Rowdy Enjoying his Alfresco Treatment

Help Improve

  • Flexibility & range of motion

  • Recovery after exercise, illness, surgery or injury

  • Muscle tone

  • Overall wellbeing

Help Reduce

  • Inflammation, soreness, tension & stiffness

  • Painful trigger points

  • Muscle spasms

  • Stress, nervousness & anxiety

Help Overall

  • Manage areas of compensation

  • Stimulate the body’s natural healing process

  • Relax and reduce tension

Common conditions massage can help with

  • Ataxia

  • Broken/fractured bones

  • Cruciate ligament disease

  • Epilepsy

  • Hip & elbow dysplasia

  • Intervertebral Disc Protrusion

  • Legg-Calve-Perthes

  • Lumbrosacral Disease

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Osteochondritis

  • Patella Luxation

  • Rehabilitation post surgery or injury

  • Spondylosis

"Our dog has undergone 3 operations on this legs in the past 5 years so is full of knots, tension not to mention his back legs can get very stiff for such a young dog after his surgery work. 
But Harriet has treated him and he came back much looser and seems to move better.  She has such a rapport with animals that Rowdy was so excited to be with her (and very soon after, very relaxed!) the indepth report that Harriet sent afterwards was really great to know where Rowdy had the most tension, along with suggested exercises which means we can help him more as well.  Thank you!!" 
Tillie Mabbutt, Owner
Chester enjoying his treatment
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