Massage therapy

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Hey there I have heard that massage can be very beneficial with regards to pain control. I have spoken to my vet and they are not very familiar with this kind of therapy so cant really advise me. She hasn’t suggested it will be bad, but cant advise me of who to access… can anyone suggest to me people in and around Eastbourne? or a website that I can go to learn more?

thanks so much
Gill and Pickles

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Most physiotherapists also use manual therapy including massage.  Ask your vet if they will refer you to a physiotherapist 🙂

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My spaniel has had Galen myotherapy for intermittent back pain (recently shown to be due to spondylosis). 2-3 sessions of therapy very definitely makes a difference – I have a very precise indicator as when she is having a lot of trouble with her back she carries her tail right over to the left rather than straight with her spine! She also has a crabbing gait when her back is bad and again this improves with massage.

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I also asked my vet about massage and they said they wouldn’t be able to refer my dog for massage as there was no scientific evidence about the usefulness of massage… How does one get around this when, as I understand it, massage should only be done on vet referral?

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I’m also training to be a Galen Myotherapist ,after seeing how effective it is on two of my dogs I now want to be able to help others.

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Shall try again…
The Canine Massage Guild has a great website full of information. They train the masseurs up to a high level and it was through them I started to realise the importance of maintaining soft tissue strength and health when dealing with joint issues.

Both my dogs see a Vet Physio regularly now and massage is something she uses alongside laser and PEMT.

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