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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can benefit from massage?
Anyone or anything with muscles.

How come?
Massage helps remove lactic acid from the muscles by stimulating the circulation of blood and lymph around the body.  When muscles work they produce lactic acid and when lactic acid builds up it can cause inflammation.  Inflammation limits muscle elasticity and causes pain.  Most of us know what it is like to ache after strenuous exercise – this is thanks to lactic acid build-up – and dogs are no different!

My dog has a joint problem, would massage help him?
If there’s a joint problem the muscles have to work hard to compensate. Dogs have four legs so if there’s a problem in one leg the dog will use its other three legs to carry its weight. Over-worked muscles are at risk of lactic acid build up.

What happens if I ignore lactic acid build-up?
The inflammation caused by lactic acid can cause scar tissue in the muscle. Scar tissue is not elastic so if a muscle is stretched during movement the muscle fibres around the scar tissue can tear. Torn muscle fibres are replaced by scar tissue and a cycle of scar tissue – tear – scar tissue – tear can develop. Deep tissue massage can break down this fibrous scar tissue, freeing up the dog’s movement.

When should I book a massage for my dog?
If you see any of these signs

  • It walks with stiff legs when it gets out of its bed or after exercise.
  • It has difficulty changing its position from lying, sitting or standing.
  • It has noticeably slowed down or shows less interest in running and playing.
  • It has stopped cocking its leg or cannot squat easily when defecating.
  • It has stopped wagging its tail and/or looks unhappy.

What improvements could I expect to see?
After four sessions you may see any of the following

  • Your dog could be moving more freely and showing less stiffness.
  • Your dog could have less difficulty getting up from its bed or squatting to go to the toilet.
  • Your dog will generally feel more comfortable and be likely to wag its tail.
  • The rhythmic routine of massage affects the nervous system, so a ‘hyper’ or nervous dog is likely to become calmer and more focused whilst a slow, low-energy dog is likely to become more energised, alert and interested.

How do I know providing massage for my dog is OK?
Veterinary approval must be given prior to starting massage treatment and we'll provide you with a form for your vet to sign before we treat your dog. Most vets are willing for their patients to have massage and do not charge for their signature.

My dog is nervous with strangers.
We’ve found that even the most nervous dogs respond to our healing hands. Once the initial trust has been established between dog and therapist, the dog is usually very happy to accept massage.
The rhythmic routine of the massage affects the nervous system, so a ‘hyper’ or nervous dog is likely to become calmer and more focused.

How do we get started 
Initial consultation £10, up to 25 miles from East Dereham (NR20).