Canine massage is used for a wide range of purposes, ranging from reducing anxiety in a puppy to improving gait and movement in a senior dog to ensuring a competitive athlete is at their very best. Appointments usually take place at CFI, but will occasionally take place at the owner’s house if the dog would benefit more from a massage in a more familiar environment. Care is taken to ensure your dog has a positive, stress free experience. Two types of massage are offered: traditional massage and trigger point massage.
Trigger Point Massage
This highly specialized and effective method of massage is ideal for canine athletes. Trigger points are small sections of very tightly contracted muscle tissue that often form as a result of muscle overuse, overexertion, and stress from sustained repetitive activities. Trigger point massage targets these very specific muscle sections, and are ideal for canine athletes because they can go from the table to the field with no downtime since only sections of the muscle are being worked. Trigger point massage resolves muscle disfunction, thereby increasing range of motion which improves the dog’s gait kinematics and reduces risk of injury. In order to be able to have a trigger point massage, dogs must be comfortable laying on their side on a table, and must be comfortable being manipulated.
Traditional massage focuses on the entire body of the dog, and is ideal for puppies, seniors, dogs who are anxious, or dogs who would be uncomfortable laying down. Traditional massage takes a more gradual approach than trigger point therapy. Depending on your dog’s age, condition, and your goals, the first 2-5 appointments are usually spaced 4 – 10 days apart, and after that your dog will enter into a maintenance mode, with a massage every 2 – 6 weeks. There are many benefits to booking this type of massage, including:
- Promote blood and lymph circulation.
- Improve muscle tone, flexibility, and range of motion.
- Increase energy, concentration, and alertness.
- Reduce anxiety and stress, and promote relaxation and calm.
- Improve immune system function.
- Aid the healing process after surgery or injury.
- Build trust, sociability, and cooperative care skills.
- Slow degenerative processes and reduce age-related issues.
- Recognize areas of concern early on and be proactive in the care of your dog.
All Massage clients are required to fill out the following document prior to their first appointment, and to consult their vet if their dog has any of the contraindications listed on the second page : Consent and Acknowledgement to Therapy