Canine Bowen for dogs is rapidly growing in popularity as more and more people start to hear about its effects on a broad range of conditions, as with people it has the potential to help many physical conditions, but also is very beneficial when used on dogs with emotional issues such as phobias, anxiety and stress.
Prior to treating the dog, a full background history is taken. This will include information about the dog's daily lifestyle such as diet, exercise, temperament, behaviour etc. This helps to build a clearer picture on areas that may have an impact on the condition the dog is being treated with.
Observations will be made on static and dynamic conformation, this basically means looking at how the dog is put together, how it stands and moves etc.
Observations will also be made by running the hands all over the body, looking for areas of tension, tenderness, heat or cold etc.
Canine Bowen is a gentle therapy that is applied to specific areas of the dog's body, using fingers and thumbs in a rolling type movement. Moves are made over particular muscles and by focusing on working with a highly complex connective tissue called fascia we can indirectly target deeper structures including tendons and ligaments, as well as other internal systems of the body. The Bowen move stimulates nerve pathways which then sets up a line of 'communication' between the different nervous systems of the body. During the treatment there are short breaks which allow the brain to 'process' the information received by the moves and make a response. Bowen aims to release soft tissue tension, facilitate skeletal alignment, reduce pain and promote stress relief. It is safe and effective for dogs of all ages and conditions
Dogs that have regular Bowen often walk over and present the area they want or need working on!
How many treatments will be needed?
2-3 treatments will initially be recommended then a review will take place to discuss on going support if needed.
Working or competing dogs would benefit from regular treatments to help prevent injury, maintain health and enhance performance and recovery time.
- Joint stiffness and other conditions
- Soft tissue tension & restriction
- Spinal injuries
- Pre / Post surgery care
- Geriatric dogs
- Behaviour issues e.g. stress, anxiety
- Maintenance & support of working/competing dogs
- Palliative & end of life care
- And more....
This sort of physiotherapy for animals is more challenging than with people as we cannot explain to them what we want them to do. We have a wide variety of exercises that can be used to target movement at different muscle, tendons or joints and can be adapted to the individual capabilities of your pet.
Doing these exercises at home enables you to be involved in your animal's recovery and will speed up the rehabilitation process considerably. Lead walking is often an essential part of the recovery process and we can assist with preventing pulling and enabling the walking to be a valuable part of therapy rather than a battle.
Therapeutic exercises can be used to encourage weight bearing on a limb, improve active joint motion and to build power, strength and speed. They can be used to help proprioception (the awareness of where the body is in space) and balance (the body’s ability to maintain equilibrium while standing or moving over different ground conditions). Simple massage techniques or stretching may be demonstrated to you to help manage pain and recovery from injury.
The therapists will develop a unique program for your pet and it will be adjusted as we go through the rehabilitation process. If a particular exercise is difficult to do, we can design an alternative. We can assist with training your dog (or cat or rabbit etc.) to complete the exercises- sometimes this may be as simple as training a dog to sit, sometimes training methods such as clicker training are used.
Please contact us if you struggle with a particular exercise - we are here to help!
Massage is the scientific manipulation of soft tissue for injury prevention and therapeutic purposes. It helps to remove the build up of general aches and pains and to restore function back to damaged tissues following injury or trauma. The therapist uses their hands to explore the tissues, find the problems and deal accordingly with the damage, this in turn improves performance, endurance, prevents injuries and loss of joint mobility.
Massage clears away any toxins present within the muscles and encourages them to relax back into a supple state with the aid of blood flow and lymph drainage. It can help with muscle spasms caused by a muscle contraction that has failed to release as the muscle has relaxed. The spasm protects other damaged tissues but can cause joint restriction and muscle tightness. Massage improves the relaxation and desensitisation of muscle fibres that lead to the release of a spasm, therefore improving joint mobility as well as lowering stress levels placed upon the body.
Physiotherapists are experts in mobilising joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons, to provide pain relief and the restoration of function. Techniques include hands on treatments such as soft tissue and joint mobilisations/ manipulation, massage, myofascial and trigger point release work and stretches. Electrotherapy is used as appropriate – for example, laser or ultrasound therapy.
Physiotherapy can be used to treat problems such as joint disease, rehabilitation after surgery, nerve injuries and muscle strains.
It can be used as part of a program to optimise performance in sports dogs and manage injury. It can be used to help support geriatric pets and slow down the effects of ageing on mobility helping to enhance quality of life.
Physiotherapy can be used as part of a holistic approach to reduce reliance on pain medication for chronic painful conditions.
Shockwave uses sound waves to stimulate repair of tissues.
It can release growth factors and can help dissolve dystrophic mineralisation (calcium deposits) in tissues.
Shockwave can be particularly effective for osteoarthritis, lumbosacral disease, tendinopathies and ligament injuries and has been used to treat a range of other conditions.
Laser therapy uses infrared light to stimulate cellular activity and increase the body’s rate of healing. It also has an analgesic and warming effect on the tissues.
Laser therapy is painless and well tolerated by patients.
After treatment a healing process is initiated that continues to actively reduce inflammation for up to 24 hours.
This therapy can be effective in treating both acute pain and inflammation, chronic conditions and post-operative pain.
Typically even long standing conditions can show improvement after 3 to 5 sessions. Laser is also useful in the treatment of open or non-healing wounds.
Ultrasound uses low frequency sound waves to stimulate tissue healing. It can be used for heating effects in deep tissues as well as to break down adhesions and scar tissues particularly in tendons.
Ultrasound is used to stimulate healing of collagen. Soft tissues with a high collagen content will respond well to ultrasound treatment.
Common conditions treated with ultrasound include tendon injury, ligament injury and muscle injury.
Ultrasound will also stimulate circulation by increasing the blood supply to the injured area, helping to maximise the healing process.