We offer a variety of treatment options which are usually combined during a treatment or can each be used on their own. A typical initial session will include a free assessment and then a plan for customised treatment will be worked out, which will generally include a combination of therapies to relieve pain, restore balance and begin the healing process. We also offer a maintenance plan for senior dogs to help them move and feel better.
We don't need a diagnosis from your vet for treatment to begin but it is helpful if you have one.
Special interest: Helping senior dogs move and feel much better!
Bowen is a remedial body work technique that was developed in the 1950's by manual bodywork therapist Tom Bowen for both people and animals. It is applied to and affects the connective tissue (fascia) of the body. Bowen is known to help with a wide variety of ailments and since it's holistic in nature it works on the whole body.
Bowen therapy can be used to treat musculoskeletal or related neurological problems including acute injuries and chronic or organic conditions.
A session involves gentle rolling motions across the muscles, tendons, and fascia with pauses incorporated into the treatment. These pauses are vital to allow the body time to respond to the work and it also allows the animal to have a break and move around which is especially appreciated by timid or nervous animals.
The Bowen moves impact the body in a number of ways – through fascial lines, nervous system receptors, muscles, acupuncture points along meridians, and lymphatic drainage.
It has a calming effect on the Autonomic Nervous System, influencing the nervous system to relax and affects the muscles and fascia to bring the body back into balance, triggering the body to begin the healing process. Some pets will feel immediate relief, while most will experience changes in their body and notice an improvement after 3 days and during the following week.
Bowen Therapy stimulates, re-balances and corrects the body's systems in these areas:
Bowen treatment can bring lasting relief from pain and discomfort and assist the body back into a more balanced state of physical health, mobility and emotional well being. The endorphins released during Bowen Therapy are natural painkillers & stress fighters of the body and can often account for the enhanced feeling of well being & relaxation experienced by animals and people after having Bowen Therapy. More info ....
Cold Laser is also known as low level laser therapy (LLLT) has been used successfully for many years. Cold Laser treatment for dogs is a painless, non-invasive and very safe treatment which employs deep-penetrating light to promote a chain of chemical reactions known as photobiomodulation. This process helps to relieve pain through the release of endorphins, as it also stimulates injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace.
Laser assisted rehabilitation can be used on it's own or when combined with Bowen Therapy can give fast, effective results to reduce recovery times and
enhance healing outcomes.
Because it works directly on injured or affected areas, laser treatments can help speed up healing, strengthen muscle and tissue, improve mobility and enhance your dog's overall quality of life. A cold laser session does not take very long at all but most injuries will need a few sessions for best results. Usually 2 or 3 sessions a week to begin with and then once per week until healed.
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The Emmett Technique is a safe, simple to apply muscle release therapy developed by Ross Emmett in Australia and is referred to as the "Chameleon" approach to animal therapy. This internationally recognised technique is taught and practised in over 40 Countries and is equally effective on both people and animals. It can be used as a complementary technique to Bowen Therapy or it can also be used on its own for effective results.
The results can be dramatic even for first-time clients.
Emmett Therapy uses a light touch application at specific points on the body to release muscle related issues. It is effective in relieving pain and discomfort, creating postural changes, improving movement, flexibility and overall well-being.
Symptoms which may be relieved:
Many of our therapy patients are older animals with musculoskeletal ailments and it's not always easy to see if your companion may be suffering in silence since dogs are experts at hiding pain!
Some signs that your dog may be experiencing pain or discomfort are:
Follow the progress of one of my doggy clients, Kelly (13 year old) Kelpie. Kelly was a rescue dog so her age is an approximation. Kelly had a long standing injury to her hind quarters that conventional veterinary treatment had not been able to help. Her owner was starting to think the kindest thing might be to put her to sleep to end her suffering.
The video shows her before Bowen therapy commenced and then the progress after each of her bowen therapy sessions.
Kelly had 3 treatments 1 week apart and then a 12 day break before her 4th treatment to allow her body time to heal and respond.
The difference is amazing and her owner loves that she now has a new dog!