Treatment for your dog

07977 314138

Treatments Offered

Clinical Massage Therapy

McTimoney Manipulation

Passive range of motion and Passive Stretching

Active Stretching

Thermotherapy

Photizo Light Therapy

Pulsed Elecro-Magnetic Field Therapy

Referral’s

PawDimensions

Canine Touch

Emma offers one to one sessions for the personalised treatment of your dog using advanced clinical musculoskeletal therapies and therapeutic exercises working in conjunction with your vet.

Specializing in the detection and treatment of muscular skeletal issues and injuries and the management of canine orthopaedic conditions such as arthritis. Emma has an in-depth knowledge of canine anatomy and physiology and will analyse your dog’s physical condition along with their gait and posture. Soft tissue injuries and issues such as trigger points, myofascial pain, strains, tissue adhesions and scar tissue will be identified and treated accordingly. All of these conditions are a common cause of pain in the dog which reduces their performance and general wellbeing, however, they are usually very easy to treat.

 

Individual treatment plans will be created together with written PawDimensions therapeutic exercise instructions.

Treatments can consist of a variety of tailored techniques explained below, each dog has an individual evaluation and goals agreed for treatment.

Veterinary consent and full record keeping are part of the treatment plans.

This technique includes

  • Swedish Massage Techniques
  • Sports Massage Techniques
  • Myofascial Release (MFR)
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Advanced Customised Canine Massage Techniques developed by Natalie Lenton
  • 50 Massage techniques to address musculoskeletal issues

This form of joint and soft tissue manipulation gently realigns the spine, corrects subluxations, relaxes the surrounding muscles and allows the gradual restoration of neurologic and biomechanical function.  McTimoney will help keep the musculoskeletal system functioning normally and prevent compensatory injuries.  The foundations of chiropractic philosophy are based on the intimate relationship of the spinal column to the nervous system, as well as the role of the spinal column in biomechanics and movement. McTimoney is a gentle but highly effective form of chiropractic treatment for humans, however the term ‘chiropractic’ is not used in the treatment of animals although the practice and principles are the same.

Passive range of motion (PROM) and stretching exercises are undertaken to assess joint mobility and help maintain or improve flexion and extension of joints. This type of exercise is done by the practitioner when the dog is relaxed.  It can aid in rehabilitation when there is proprioceptive deficit and neuromuscular dysfunction, and improves elasticity and flexibility of muscles, tendons and ligaments. These exercises are very important when the dog is not using a body part or has limited movement of a body part.

Active stretching involves your pet stretching and flexing muscles himself by either following instructions from the handler or following a treat. This encourages specific muscle activation and can improve the ROM of the joints and the ability to lengthen and shorten specific targeted muscles.

Thermotherapy is the application of heat or cold to specific parts of the body. Superficial heating of an area increases blood flow, reduces pain, increases extensibility of fibrous tissues, and aids in muscle relaxation.

Cold (cryo) therapy decreases cellular metabolism, leads to constriction of blood vessels, reduces pain, and reduces muscle spasms.  It is often used swiftly following injury.

Vascular Flushing is the use of both heat and cold alternately to aid healing and reduce pain in certain types of injury or disease.  It can be very beneficial with certain arthritic cases.

Red Light therapy harnesses the healing power of red and infrared light at specific wavelengths & frequencies proven to be effective in accelerating natural healing of the body, reducing swelling and inflammation, stimulating the immune system and relieving pain. Cells that are injured can actually be rejuvenated by light.  There is much scientific research on light and LASER therapy and we have had excellent result with older arthritic dogs and soft tissue injuries

The Magnessage is a portable hand-held device, in the shape of a torch which can either be used above the body in the case of extreme pain or wounds, or directly on the body for deeper soft tissue injuries.  The Magnessage has a rotating magnet which emits a powerful magnetic field. The pulsed electro-magnetic field has a depth of penetration of 45cms/18 inches, which can promote healing and repair deep within the body .  tissue It is also very effective through thick fur.

Emma works “Best Practice” and will always work in conjunction with your vet and will always refer back to the vet should there be any concerns about your dog.  Emma will also refer clients to other practitioners such as Canine Hydrotherapists should it be of benefit to your dog’s progression to fitness and health. Emma specializes in the therapies above but occasionally may feel that a different therapy may help and will refer to and enjoy working with other like-minded practitioners who may have a different technique to the ones used.  A healthy comfortable happy dog is our aim, however we get there.

Canine muscle fitness exercises for development, maintenance and clinical rehabilitation

 

When muscles are over used, tired, weak or injured, compensatory issues cause posture and gait abnormalities which quickly effect performance and put strain on other parts of the body which can spiral in to further injuries.  Having fully assessed your dog’s musculoskeletal system and analysis their gait we identify areas which can be improved through physical therapy and therapeutic exercise.  You will then be given a tailored exercise programme with targeted exercises specifically designed to help your dog’s issues. These are usually very easy to achieve and can often be done in your own living room. While active exercise is in many ways the foundation of physical rehabilitation, the exercises must never cause overuse or strain, we at PawDimensions will devise an individualized plan for your pet with specific goals and frequent re-evaluations.

Active Therapeutic Exercises

The Canine Touch was developed, researched and choreographed by Veterinarian MVDr. Ivana Ruddock as a result of being influenced by the human and equine bodywork principles pioneered by her late husband Jock Ruddock.

Canine Touch is a very gentle but very effective form of bodywork, consisting of specific vibrational moves which address the whole body, not only physically but mentally too. The unique vibrational CT moves are applied to the soft tissue including fascia, muscles and tendons deeply releasing and relaxing the tension in those structures– the first and most important step towards the healing and regeneration of the body.  This deep relaxation of the soft tissue assists the body to re-align and rebalance itself.   As well as affecting the blood and lymphatic circulation it also has a profound effect on the neurological system   “Talking” to the nervous system which seems to innervate neural pathways.

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Emma Overend 07977314138    Email – emma@overendtherapy.uk