A degenerative condition, dog hip dysplasia affects the ‘ball-and-socket’ joint at the top of the femur (the thigh bone) preventing it from gliding smoothly in the hip socket, leading to pain and bone spurs.
While it is generally believed that hip dysplasia is a congenital condition, environmental factors can also play a role in the development of the condition such as diet, exercise, poor hind muscle development, repetitive strain injuries and weight gain. The condition causes stiff hips and hind legs, creating painful friction when the animal moves its leg. Left untreated, the condition can lead to chronic arthritis problems and bone spurs, and in severe cases to lameness. As such, it is essential to treat the problem early, to slow down its degeneration as the dog becomes older.
How does our treatment assist the condition?
Our trained Canine Myofunctional Therapy (CMT) practitioner will apply massage techniques that relieve the tightness that has build up in the surrounding muscles. Tight muscles cause the joints to ride closer, leading to much pain and discomfort. Massage therapy also improves flexibility and mobility, strengthens muscles, alleviates pain, and promotes blood flow to the affected area which helps to reduce inflammation. We tailor a unique plan to each dog and work with its specific condition to slow down the degeneration over time and help your dog live a more active, happier life.
Other benefits of Canine Massage Therapy
The therapy also has added benefits, such as relaxing tight and injured muscles, improving digestion and circulation, soothing stress and anxiety, optimising posture and alleviating pain related to other joint problems such as arthritis. It is a holistic therapy that provides lasting benefits for our furry friends and can be applied throughout the dog’s whole life, to help your animal’s body protect and heal from irritating and painful conditions.
With a background in CMT, therapeutic massage therapy and acupressure, our therapist has extensive experience in working with animals to alleviate their discomfort and treat their condition.
To begin your dog’s treatment sessions, contact our Melbourne therapist. We will work with you and your dog to improve your dog’s overall health and quality of life.