Does My Dog Need Bodywork?
Your dog is a pretty amazing animal, best friend, and family member. If you’re like me, keeping your dog fit, healthy and happy is likely a top priority for you.
Chances are you’re already on the right path to a happy and healthy dog by:
- Feeding them the best diet you can
- Providing ample time to exercise and play
- And keeping up to date on their personal health care needs
But did you know that bodywork can help boost the impact of each of the key steps above?
In order for your dog to feel and be at their best, they need a well-balanced body and mind. A balanced body is able to restore and maintain bodily functions that provide:
- Nutritional support
- Mental health
- Muscle and joint support
Sometimes life events such as growth spurts, injuries, stress, illness, training, and competition can tip this balance. The body is then left in a state where it’s unable to heal and restore. This can lead to chronic inflammation, posture imbalances, changes in their mobility, and comfort.
What Is Canine Bodywork?
Through light touch bodywork techniques, we can access and reboot the body’s communication system to restore order and function. The current methods used for North Of 9 Canine patients include:
- Whole Energy Body Balancing For Pets
- Kinesiology Tapings
- Feldenkrais Exercises
- Myofascial Release
Signs Your Dog Needs Bodywork Support
- Sensitivity when grooming
- Anxious or nervous behavior
- Has had a change in personality
- On and off limping, pain or arthritic changes
- Excessive itching, chewing or shaking with no known medical cause
- Has trouble climbing up and down stairs or jumping on furniture
- Their body is angled when trying to move straight
- Has delayed recovery times after competitions
- Has suffered from a boney or soft tissue injury
- Recently had a soft tissue surgery such as a spay, neuter, knee or hip repair, and even small lumps and cancer surgeries
And the list can go on …as the whole body is connected via fascial tissue that bodywork can support.
So, whether your dog is a competitive athlete, your fur kid or your favorite old friend living out their golden years, they will benefit from canine bodywork.
How Does It Work?
Bodywork restores balance in the body by restoring the messaging system of your dog’s nervous system. Through a series of gentle rolling moves, in precise locations on the body, we can access and send “reboot” signals to the brain via the fascia.
Fascia surrounds all parts of the body. It provides structural support and has the key role of sending cellular messages to the brain. By creating a piezoelectric charge in the soft tissue with rolling moves, we can send a direct message to the neurological system.
This brings awareness to physiological dysfunction such as posture imbalances, pain, or dysfunction within a muscle or joint. Allowing the body to shift the autonomic nervous system from sympathetic ( flight or fight) to parasympathetic ( rest and digest). In a parasympathetic state, the body is aware and responsive to changes within the body. This allows the body’s neurological system and immune system to correct any imbalances, heal, and maintain a calm mental state.
Bodywork offers a unique and non-invasive way for your dog to be and feel their best.
The Value Behind Bodywork For Your Dog
Bodywork helps your dog maintain optimal health that allows them to be strong, stable and able to think with a clear mind. This takes their stress out of training sessions, changes in routine, and builds their confidence.
It also provides you as an owner, peace of mind knowing they’re at less risk of injuries or illnesses. This saves you energy, time, and resources in the long run long.
It Takes A Village
Working closely with your dog’s full care team, including their veterinarians, ensures the best management plans can be executed for optimal health.
Are You Ready To See How Bodywork Can Help Your Dog?
If you’re ready for the next step click here to book and how to learn how to prepare for their first assessment and session.