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At HAC Therapies I am proud to provide a personal and professional service that has the welfare of your dog at heart. I am able to travel to most home counties so treatments can take place in the comfort of your own home.
Canine Massage Therapy is not just about getting your pooch pampered; it is also perfect for pain management, injury prevention or rehabilitation, reducing anxiety, optimising physical health and emotional well-being and enhancing quality of life.
The benefits of Massage Therapy are huge, and many of our clients come to us following referrals from their vets, as well as owners seeking therapy independently. In any case, please note that veterinary consent (written or verbal) must always be obtained prior to assessment / treatment.
I qualified in Physiotherapy in 2005 and have an extensive knowledge in anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. Having always wanted to combine my work with my passion for horses and dogs, I pursued additional training to become a Holistic Equine Massage Practitioner in 2015 and a Canine Merishia Massage Therapist in 2017. I am a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Association of Merishia Therapists.
I acknowledge that learning never stops and I attend regular training and events to keep up to date with knowledge and skills, evidence-based practice and research. In this way I can ensure to provide the best for my 4-legged clients.
Canine Merishia Massage Therapy
The canine body is complex; it is comprised of around 319 bones, a multitude of tendons, ligaments and nerves, fascia and over 700 muscles. Any injury sustained through work or play may introduce a detrimental effect on the muscles, leading to pain and dysfunctional compensations in gait and posture. It is essential that all components of the musculoskeletal system can work in harmony, in order to maintain optimal performance and health.
There may be several contributing factors to the development of muscular stress, including:
- pulling on the lead
- sustaining a slip, trip or fall
- trauma, injury, post-surgery
- conformation defects i.e. your dog’s skeletal framework
- irregular exercise / training routine
- repetitive strain – common in agility and working dogs
- rough play with other dogs
- orthopaedic conditions – arthritis, hip / elbow dysplasia
- emotional trauma / anxiety – common in rescue dogs
As owners we know our dogs best. We are best placed to notice signs that something isn’t quite right and seek appropriate treatment. In some cases, your dog may display changes in behaviour, posture and mobility, including:
- reluctance to go for walks/play
- difficulty changing position e.g. from lying to sitting to standing
- tendency to lie or sit to preferred side
- difficulty getting in or out of cars
- difficulty going up or down stairs
- lameness / limping
- unexplained stiffness or signs of discomfort after exercise
- over-developed / under-developed muscle bulk, being one-sided
- reduction in performance, speed or agility
- crying / yelping
- self-mutilation e.g. biting limbs, excessive licking
- reactive to touch / grooming / handling
- abnormal temperament e.g. irritable, depressed, ‘snappy’
The preventative and rehabilitative application of Merishia Massage Therapy is used to effectively prevent or release stress and tension of a physical and/or emotional cause, with the ultimate aim of maintaining the welfare and performance of your dog. Facilitated stretches are also performed to ensure the soft tissues are able to re-lengthen, restore function and benefit fully from the therapy given.
Full Initial Assessment – £40
- Comprehensive history-taking
- Analysis of posture, conformation & gait
- Individualised massage / myofascial release treatment, stretches & home exercise programme
- Aftercare advice
Follow up – £35
- Depending on your dog’s needs (i.e. pure pampering, maintenance, remedial or rehabilitative) the number of follow up sessions and time between treatments will vary.
Pre and post-event massage – £TBC via consultation
- IDEAL FOR THE AGILITY DOG
- Pre-event massage aims to physically and psychologically prepare your dog for competition, enhance performance and minimise the risk of injury.
- Post-event massage aims to assist with your dog’s recuperation; promoting drainage of lactic acid, reducing stiffness and preventing the incidence of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
Educational / Practical Massage Workshops for Dog Owners
- Your dog – what lies underneath and introduction to massage
- Puppy massage – promoting development and strengthening the human bond
- Helping your older dog – easing stiffness, prevention / management of arthritis
Please contact me if you’d like to know more about how I can support your dog’s needs.HAC Therapies was last modified: April 6th, 2020 by The Canine Directory
NEW YEAR OFFER FOR NEW CLIENTS:
Receive 10% discount on your follow up appointment if taken within 3 months of the Initial Assessment.