Since Bowen therapy is a holistic therapy and treats the body as a whole and not just the complaint or symptoms a diagnosis is not necessary but it is helpful.
No, these gentle therapies are of great benefit to older dogs and it's never too late to start! One of the most rewarding parts of my work is witnessing the effect these therapies have on senior dogs, improving their comfort levels, restoring function and improving their mobility and quality of life.
It's so rewarding to see the spark returning to their beautiful eyes once their body is eased back into balance and they start feeling more comfortable again!
It's also an excellent maintenance plan for arthritic dogs, anxious dogs and dogs with other age related issues.
It is really a personal and individual choice depending on your dog, it's age and its particular problems but as a general rule:
The practitioner's moves deliver signals to the nervous system at specific locations (on muscles, tendons, ligaments, or nerves), and the body responds in its own time, within its individual capacity. Bowen Technique is appropriate for animals of all ages, in all degrees of health. It can provide relief for many types of injuries and other health problems, both acute and chronic, and it does so holistically, via the body's innate healing mechanisms.
Regular therapy will benefit every dog from puppies, companion dogs, show dogs, performance dogs, senior dogs and for bitches after whelping. Many of my clients see the benefits of being proactive and scheduling preventative care regularly especially as their dogs age. Regular visits will also ensure early detection and prompt attention to any problems before they become a much larger issue.
Just as we perform regular maintenance on our car to keep them running smoothly, our animals also benefit from regular 'tune ups' to keep their bodies healthy and in good shape!
These therapies can be included as part of a wellness plan for growing puppies during the vital stages of their development since they can knock themselves around quite a bit during rough play or just from coping with the demands of growing and an active puppy life!
Our goal is to improve a dog’s health and quality of life by increasing flexibility, improving comfort levels and managing pain naturally.
Despite Bowen Therapy being considered a form of bodywork, it may also help with emotional conditions such as anxiety through shifting the autonomic nervous system from sympathetic, which is turned on during stress and pain, to parasympathetic which is where it needs to be for the body to rest, relax and recover.
A laser wand will be moved over the affected area for somewhere between 3 and 10 minutes. There is no pain associated with the treatment and most dogs will relax during this time. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your dog to be comfortable and any anxiety he or she initially experiences will quickly disappear. Some dogs may actually fall asleep during their laser sessions.
Laser treatment for dogs is totally pain-free and very comforting. As the laser is administered, your dog may feel a gentle and soothing warmth, tingling,a warm glow or no sensation at all. Endorphins are released by the body which relieves pain and stress. For many canines, cold laser therapy is very relaxing. As areas of pain or inflammation become more comfortable, any anxiety and tension your dog may be experiencing tend to quickly disappear.
Laser treatment for dogs has no known negative side effects and is considered both safe and effective by veterinarians.
Allow 1 hour for an initial appointment - For follow up or subsequent visits allow 30- 45 minutes.
When you arrive I ask that you fill out a new client form with information about your dog while I observe your dogs condition and how they move.
To keep your dog or cat comfortable during their session we go at their pace and are guided by their responses.
After the session you will be provided with an after- care sheet.
Most dogs will have a deep healing sleep after a Bowen session so allow them to rest for as long as they need, to allow their body to respond to the work. Let them take it easy for a day or more depending on their particular issue. A few dogs may feel more energised after a treatment but they are all different. Over the following few days your dog may experience different reactions as its body continues to make changes and integrate the effects of the treatment. The body can experience continuing therapeutic benefit over several days after treatment and other forms of manipulative therapy are discouraged for up to five days after a session, as they may interfere with the results of the work.
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