CANINE BOWEN THERAPY
Canine Bowen Therapy is a non-invasive physical therapy specifically for relief from pain & restricted movement in dogs, cats & other small animals.
Canine Bowen Therapy is a popular choice for;
rehabilitation following injury or surgery
issues in the musculoskeletal system
addressing compensatory patterns of movement
general physical maintenance to ensure peak performance in competitive or non-competitive sports
as a general boost to overall wellbeing.
During a session the therapist makes gentle but firm rolling moves over specific points of the body which create a disturbance in the layers of 'fascia' (a type of connective tissue rich in nerve receptors). The session is interspersed with breaks which allow the brain & nervous system to process, recalibrate & effect changes within the body & to give the animal time to process what is happening.
Typical results reported by client carers after a series of 3 to 4 successive Canine Bowen Therapy sessions are notable reductions in pain or discomfort, improved posture & reduced stiffness, increased range of functional movement, improved sleep patterns & a general boost to overall wellbeing.
A typical session addresses all muscle groups from the legs, into the abdomen, through the spine to the cranial/fore quarters, neck & head. Subsequent sessions may focus on more specific areas depending on the client's presenting symptoms.
Canine Bowen Therapy is a holistic technique - we do not aim to treat specific symptoms or conditions but to look at the dog & the body as a whole connected system. During a therapy session we take into account every aspect of a dog's life such as medical history, diet, lifestyle, sleep patterns, exercise, behavioural traits, personality etc. which will be recorded during the consultation period at the start of the session.
A typical Canine Bowen Therapy session will take up to 1 hr & during this time the animal's welfare is paramount at all times*
Each Canine Bowen Therapy appointment will begin with static & dynamic observations of the dog to assess any gait or postural issues to ensure the treatment is tailored to their individual presentation. I may take photos or videos with your consent in order to compare from session to session.
During your Canine Bowen Therapy sessions you may be offered practical advise on lifestyle or exercise changes you can make to improve your dog's quality of life relative to their presenting symptoms.
You are advised to book 3-4 initial sessions over several consecutive weeks to ensure your dog feels the full benefit of the therapy.
*Some dogs may require a little extra time so please allow for this in your diary*
**All dogs will require veterinary consent prior to booking a Canine Bowen appointment*
CANINE ARTHRITIS MANAGEMENT (CAM)
It is estimated that in the UK 80% of dogs over 8yrs & 20% of dogs over 1yr are suffering with osteoarthritis & it is one of the leading causes of elective euthanasia.
The main issue with osteoarthritis is chronic pain. Dogs are very good at developing coping mechanisms making it hard for the owner to notice their dog is in pain until the disease is well established.
The CAM Advocate role involves helping owners to spot the signs of chronic pain early in order to get the veterinary diagnosis needed so treatment with NSAIDS & /or pain killers, essential for getting the inflammation & pain under control, can begin, followed by offering practical advise to help manage the disease at home.
I integrate the CAM Advocate role in my Canine Bowen Therapy sessions & am also able to offer advise outside of my clinic sessions & help give