Arthritis causes degeneration and inflammation in the joints, and a loss of protective fluid and lubrication from the joint area. A common ailment in older dogs, it can lead to chronic pain and restricted movement.
When your dog slows down, is reluctant to jump, becomes stiff, and can no longer bounce around like they used to, it is very likely that your dog’s joints have been affected by arthritis. Even though dogs are not able to communicate their level of pain, you can tell that their quality of life is reduced as they are less able to do the activities that used to make them happy.
How we conduct our arthritis therapy
Massage provides a great technique for arthritis therapy by alleviating pain around the affected joints and muscles. In conjunction with vet care, we help to control and alleviate pain, increase joint motion, improve muscle and tendon flexibility, and most importantly prolong the deteriorating effects of arthritis.
Using myotherapy and rehabilitation exercises on your dog is the best way to target the stiff muscle groups around the affected joint that put unnecessary pressure on the already painful joint. Using qualified massage techniques, we loosen these stiff muscles and thus help to relieve your dog of pain. We also work on other muscles groups that experience pain and stiffness as your dog will be compensating with other body parts due to achy joints. CMT also helps to clean waste around joints, increase range of movement and improve muscle tone – all of which are essential measures in controlling canine joint issues.
The procedure has added benefits such as improved circulation and digestion, a healthy, glossy coat, improved posture, and stress reduction as your dog reaches old age.
Muscle atrophy (wastage) is a byproduct of arthritis and with targeted low impact exercises we can help your dog to maintain (and potentially gain) muscle mass to support their aching joints. A strong core is particularly important for stability and balance and we can help your dog achieve better core strength through strengthening exercises.
Our qualified Canine Myotherapist
Our therapist is a certified practitioner of CMT. She has gained significant experience in remedial massage, acupressure techniques, and rehabilitation and is well positioned to assist your dog’s pain relief. Contact her in Melbourne for more information on giving your dog a better quality of life.