My name is Jo and I have been a qualified fitness instructor and human massage therapist for around 17 years. I enjoy being able to help people be the best that they can be physically. I have always owned or lived with dogs and in 2014 one of my dogs suffered a severe injury to his hind leg. This resulted in lots of surgery and rehabilitation over a period of 9 months. During this time I used my knowledge as a human therapist to assist with his recovery but was also inspired by the care and treatment that he received at the specialist veterinary surgery.
I wondered if I could train to help other dogs in similar positions and attended a one day workshop with The Canine Massage Therapy Centre. This inspired me to then enrol on the two year practitioner course.
Clinical Canine Massage treats the body as a whole, is non-invasive, safe and very effective. Massage improves the way that the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal, digestive and nervous systems work. A qualified massage therapist will never just look at an area of concern but the body as a whole and will treat in this way too.
Clinical Canine Therapy works by releasing sore and tight muscles and surrounding tissues, removing Trigger Points which are very painful and cause referred pain, remodelling scar tissue and helps to rehabilitate injuries.
The specifically developed canine massage techniques and releases work on the 700 muscles that pull on the 320 bones in the canine body. Issues with these muscles and connecting fascia change the way that your dog moves, creating further problems and pain. In order for the ‘normal’ movement of a dog to return these issues need to be located, identified and restored to normal function. Clinical Canine Massage does this.