Dogs And Massage, Written By Gill Hornsby

Do you massage your dog? Dogs can benefit from a massage just like us. We are pleased to  welcome Gill Hornsby to Mr Slobberchops. Gill explains about what is involved, and how you can help your pet.

I am Gill Hornsby of Great & Small Canine Massage+ and this is a question I often get asked, so let me share some information for you so that you can understand how it is so important for your dog. 

Clinical canine massage is certainly not a pamper for your dog & they benefit from massage just the same way as we do. 
A Canine Massage Guild Therapist is trained in 4 different massage principles – Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports & Myofascial Release (Direct & Indirect) as well as the Lenton Method™ of massage (which recently have been subject to the world’s first clinical trials in canine massage).

Massage can be used to help with a variety of issues, a few of these are listed below:-

1 – Improve joint functionality, health & range of movement

2 – Breaks the muscular pain cycle associated with arthritis, hip/elbow dysplasia and similar conditions

3 – Performance enhancement and injury rehab for sporting dogs

4 – Relieves pain, soreness & stiffness

5 – Restores post-injury muscle strength and function

6 – Increases senior dogs comfort levels and mobility

7 – Improves disposition and mood

8 – Reduces pain-induced stress and anxiety

9 - Reduces inflammation

10 – Rehab – as part of your dogs recovery and pain management programme after surgery such as TPLO or IVDD

To become a Clinical Canine Massage Therapist I completed over 1200 hours training with the Canine Massage Therapy Centre, am fully insured and a member of the Canine Massage Guild, which is a professional network of trained therapists, who all have undertaken the same training.  I also complete a minimum of 25 hours CPD (continuing professional development) each year, to keep my knowledge and skills up to date.

Next time I will share with you some things that you, as owners, can look out for to help you recognise if your dog may be in pain.

I cover the whole of The New Forest however if you are not local to me you can find your local therapist here -

Gill Hornsby – Great & Small Canine Massage+

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