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What are the benefits of Clinical Canine Massage for your dog?

Clinical Canine Massage can help dogs in a variety of ways. In this clip Jenny Youdan from K9 Elements Massage Therapy explains with real-life case studies, the numerous benefits it provides, how it works with the other bodily systems.

Jenny explains how Clinical Massage Therapy is suitable for lots of different types of dogs, all ages and all breeds. It can be especially helpful for dogs who compete in sports such as Flyball, Agility, Cani-X, Bikejoring, Sledding, Racing greyhounds, Show dogs or Obedience. It is also suitable for workings Dogs, such as Gundogs, Police dogs and Search and Rescue, or simply the beloved pet, whether they are senior or active, has an injury or holds nervous tension.

Jenny discusses the contraindications to clinical canine massage, including dogs suffering from epilepsy, bone cancer, dogs who are in shock, dogs who have a hight temperature and pregnant bitches

Benefits - this non-invasive therapy can:
• Provide natural drug free pain relief (Improve mobility, reduce lameness, reduce scar tissue)
• Improve muscle flexibility (increase range of motion to reduce risk of injury, maintain muscular balance to reduce risk of overcompensation injuries, help gait or posture irregularities, improve sporting performance)
• Alleviate age related symptoms, improve coat and skin condition, relieve tension, stress or anxiety or even touch shy dogs, promote relaxation.
• Improve circulation, (removing toxins, replenishing oxygen levels, delivering nutrients to tissues, supporting blood venus return), improve respiration by releasing tight muscles, improving lymphatic drainage, increases production of antibodies so improves immune system. Can also impact nervous system (sympathetic or parasympathetic system)
• Improve orthopaedic conditions – arthritis, hip or elbow dysplasia, recovering from surgery, amputees.

Please note: the case studies described in this video are not the dogs shown in the video clips.

If you have noticed, or have concerns about your dog’s mobility and/or behaviour, you can easily classify your observations with the 5 Principles of Pain, a useful aid for identifying symptoms of musculoskeletal conditions that could be helped by clinical canine massage. Find information on the 5 Principles here

Massage videos playlist:

Chapters in this video:
0:00 Introduction
0:34 How does clinical massage help
1:03 Non invasive, natural drug free pain relief
1:26 Flyball lameness case study
2:25 Muscle improvements
2:52 Posture irregularity (spine curvature) case study
3:38 Improve age related symptoms and tension
4:04 Nervous dog case study
4:30 Improve circulation
5:35 How long before results are seen
6:05 Obedience dog who wouldn’t sit stay case study
6:43 Orthopaedic conditions
7:07 Age related stiffness case study
8:33 Contraindications

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