You may be wondering how remedial dog massage or physical rehabilitation can help your dog in relation to a specific condition, and what the benefits could be.
I have listed below some of the more common mobility cases that may be of interest.
Cruciate injuries can happen as a result of a sudden slip , twist or fall, or could be the result of postural or conformation issues. Typically the dog will begin limping, pull up lame and not weight bear on the affected leg. They may stand with just their toes touching the ground to stablise themselves. They may also sit with their sore leg extended out and the limb may be tender to touch.
Your vet will be able to carry out tests to diagnose a cruciate tear or rupture.
Massage can help support the over compensating limbs that are counterbalancing for the redistribution of weight, and keep the muscle groups of the affected limb supple and flexible, this will prevent further injury from arising as a result of refferred pain.
Massage can also help the rehabilitation process, and speed up recovery time, should the dog need to undergo surgery.
Because massage helps the dog to begin to weight bear again normally it can reduce the risk of the opposite ligament also tearing.
The luxating patella, or slipping knee cap, can be recognised by the dog doing a ''hop, hop, skip''movement of the back legs. The dog may stop suddenly, and lift their back leg off the ground when the knee cap slips out of the groove that it sits in. The dog does the hopping movement to try and slide it back in to place. Once the knee cap is back in place the dog may resume normal activity as if nothing happened.
It can happen to all dogs as a result of injury, and breeding, but is most common in small breeds.
Massage can help by maintaining supple and flexible muscle groups to reduce the onset of referred pain due to compensatory muscle injuries. Tight muscles tend to exacerbate the condition, and as the muscles tighten the symptoms may happen more often, which leads to a pain cycle.
Massage helps to maintain muscle tone in the affected limb so that the dog is comfortable to weight bear on it, reducing the risk of referred pain, and reducing the chance of muscle wasteage in the affected limb.
more commonly treated conditions to be added soon....in the meantime feel free to contact me for details on how I can help your pet
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