Canine Myofunctional Therapy (CMT) or Canine Massage, is a holistic therapeutic treatment that integrates specialised remedial massage of soft tissues and stretching techniques. Canine Massage encourages proper muscle function, aids restricted joint movement by addressing muscular dysfunction and helps treat common musculoskeletal problems and some health conditions.
Some of the benefits of Canine Massage are:
- Improves structural balance and range of motion
- Improves blood circulation for healthy muscles and bones
- Strengthens the integrity of muscles and tendons
- Can provide a quicker and more effective post-operative recovery
- Energises and exercises your dog’s mind
- Helps older dogs regain flexibility and ease of movement
- Is relaxing and helps reduce anxiety (Great for rescue dogs)
- Can improve your dog’s vitality and overall well-being
Ideally, Canine Massage sessions are carried out in the comfort of your home, as this tends to be where your pet is the most comfortable. The initial session will includes an in-depth verbal consultation where we will discuss your dogs' current health & well-being we will cover a number of important questions such as your dog’s history, diet and medical issues past and present.
We will then carry out a gait and soft tissue analysis which will help us to assess how the dogs' muscles are functioning and also help to identify any abnormalities before we perform the therapeutic massage
Once the massage is complete another gait assessment is carried out and any additional recommendations are given.
The frequency of the sessions depends entirely on each individual animal’s health status and needs. Some health issues can be resolved in two or three sessions, others may take ongoing sessions on a recurring basis.
Almost any dog can benefit from Canine Massage, with a few exceptions relating to specific medical conditions and diseases. We always advise that you consult your vet before your dog begins massage therapy.
Canine Kinesiology Taping is tape that can be applied to parts of a dogs body to help with pain reduction, improve lymphatic/blood flow, support muscle and joints and increase proprioception. This service can be added on to the end of the massage session.
We come to you - In-home consultations include Kumeu, Taupaki, Huapai, Riverhead, West Auckland, North Shore, and Auckland CBD.
Please Note: Canine Massage Therapy is NOT a substitute for appropriate veterinary care.