Canine Massage

Humans and massage go hand in hand together. When we have an injury or sore back we go to the chiropractor or physiotherapist. When we are in an accident and need rehabilitation we go into a lengthy process of physio, which includes massage. 

Top athletes get massages nearly every day, and on game day, even several times a day. They would have serious problems without their warm ups, stretches and cool down massages. They even get massaged during games to optimise their physical ability to perform on the highest level possible.  So, knowing all of this… why wouldn’t we transfer this to dogs and provide the same service to them? Older dogs may need some help getting all their stiff joints and cold muscles going. Sports dogs competing in agility, flyball or high drive sports need to ensure they are warmed up properly and cooled down to avoid injury.  Then there is the dogs that may have had an injury or operation and can use some help during the recovery or the dog that enjoys some good relaxation, just like we humans do, to relieve stress. 

We offer massages at our location in Stanmore Bay for $80 per treatment.

Session times depends on the dog and how accepting he/she is of treatment.

We service surrounding suburbs such as Silverdale, Orewa, Whangaparaoa, the North Shore and Rodney district council including Kaukapakapa, Warkworth and Snells Beach. 

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DIFFERENT TYPES OF CANINE MASSAGE

Sport

Suitable for sport dogs or dogs that do a lot of exercise to avoid future injury and also make sure that their muscles can recover after a big event. Think about dogs that run a lot, do sharp turns or multi day hikes. 

 

Remedial

Remedial massage will assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management.  It can help making muscles more supple and improve the recovery. Injuries can cause muscles to become stiff and rigid and a massage can help making movement easier for the dog. 

 

Relaxation Massage

Just like humans dogs will enjoy a good relaxation massage. It’s nice for a dog to be massaged even when they don’t have injury, sports or tightness in any muscles. 

 

Elderly Dogs

Older dogs can benefit from some maintenance massages. Older dogs often struggle with stiff muscles making it hard to get started, jump up or move around especially if they have had injuries in the past or have arthritis. 

Massage can loosen everything up and give them a good feeling and help them get through the day.

BENEFITS OF MASSAGE

 

  • Massage increases the blood flow and reduces muscle tension before it builds up and allows for greater flexibility of the body. 

  • Pain Relief & Prevention of knots and tightness

  • It can lessen inflammation and swelling in joints and therefore alleviate pain. 

  • It enhances muscle tone and increases range of motion. When the range of motion is increased, the energy level becomes more efficient. 

  • Injury prevention:  Injury is highly likely for tight muscles as there is a reduced range of motion. 

  • It helps the WHOLE dog. Physically and Mentally, just think about yourself when your back is sore how it impacts the rest of your day and tasks. 

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1. Pre-existing conditions

We have to make sure the dog is currently not on medication or has any other contraindications.

 

2. Life Style Background

We will  also discuss the history of the dog. It’s important to know the type of exercise the dog does (and how often), where it sleeps, if the dog jumps in and out of bed/car a lot or if the dog runs on slippery floors a lot. These may indicate areas of tightness or possible injury in the dog without even having to touch the dog yet.

 

3. Visual Observation & Gait Analysis

This is to have a look at their coat and confirmation. How the dog stands and puts down his weight and how long nails are. This, again, can give us a lot of information.

The Gait Analysis we do to have a look at how the dog walks (in his slowest pace as possible). This may show us stiffness in the hips or a short stride and stiff pace or even limping. This can give us an idea where on the body we might find tightness and knots and areas that may be extra sensitive and need more attention.

 

4. Soft Tissue Diagnosis

This may look like the beginning of the massage but it’s not. It’s a short flat hand observation where we take our hands over each muscle of the dog assessing and feeling for abnormalities. We might be able to confirm with our hands what our eyes saw earlier. We may feel tightness or knots or atrophied/hypertrophied muscles.

 

5. Massage Time!

From there we will go into the actual massage treatment which can take 10 minutes or 45 minutes. This very much depends on the size of the dog as well as how accepting the dog is of the massage. 

The first consult will last generally 60 minutes as it includes all above steps in detail. Follow up consults will generally be a bit shorter. 

 

Follow Up

At the end of the treatment we will recommend what will follow next. 

It may be that a few weekly massages are recommended, especially for dogs coming for a remedial massage. 

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HOW DOES THE CONSULTATION WORK?