Canine Sports Therapies: 

The Working, Sporting & Service dogs are amazing dogs!  The qualities the come to my mind when describing them are enthusiasm, drive and heart.  They love to work.  Unfortunately, when their enthusiasm, drive and heart are in "overdrive" they don't think about self preservation, making them prone to sports related injuries. In order to to their breed specific job, these dogs must go through extensive and intensive training.  The rigorous training necessary to make an athlete can be physically, emotionally and spiritually demanding and sometimes stressful. 

The techniques I use when working with them are designed to enhance their performance, overall health and psychological wellbeing. They are designed to compliment traditional veterinarian medicine and to work on the energetic leveles within the body without producing side effects. I evaluate each dog individually tailoring the treatment to the dogs' needs and their veterinarian's and owner's input.  The following is an overview of the therapies that I use when working with these amazing athletes.

  • Infrasound Therapy: is a deep penetrating chaotic sound wave massage therapy using low frequency alpha sound waves in the 8-14 Hz range.  Studies have proven that this frequency breaks up encapsulated trauma and opens up neural pathways to the brain.  Infrasound Therapy differs from other sound therapies in several ways: (a) the frequency of the sound waves (low versus high), and (b) the device used to transmit the sound wave does not require any gels nor does it transmit heat which can damage soft tissue.  It is a great therapy for reducing inflammation and relaxing overworked muscles.
  • Tellington- Touch (often called T.E.A.M. or T-Touch): This form of bodywork was developed by Linda Tellington-Jones and has its foundation in the Feldenkrais Method; known for reorganizing the human central nervous system.  The t-touch is often mistaken as a form of massage however, it is not.  Massage is done with the intent of affecting the muscular system.  The intent of T-touch is to re-organize the central nervous system, activating cellular function and opening the neural pathways to the brain.  This results in an improved self image, confidence and coordination. 
  • Reiki Healing: Reiki is an ancient energy healing art using one's hands for healing.  The hands can be either laid on the body or in the energy field.  It is a way to promote healing on al levels: the physical, spiritual and emotional.  Reiki opens up the energy chanels in the body.  By doing so, you remove blockages, stagnet "Chi", and disperse toxins.  This enables the animal's body to resonate to a higher energetic vibration thus creating an environment for the body to heal itself.
  • Myofascial Release: Myofascial tissue is the three-dimensional connective tissue or "glue" in the body.  Everything within the body is encased and supported within the fascia.  Overwork and continually performing repetative movements can inpede the proper function of the muscles.  The restoration of length and health to the myofascial tissues all the framework of the body to restore itself to a proper alignment.  Myofascial release is a technique that releases restriction and barriers in the fascia system and facilitates pliability, lengthening and elasticity into restricted soft tissues.  this is donoe by applying a sustained pressure on a tissue barrier until a release is felt.  The tightening of the fascia system is a protective response to trauma whether it be physical, emotional or spiritual in nature.
  • Aromatherapy:  I use theraputic grade essential oils to release emotional and physical issues held in the body's cellular memory. Eah oil has specific healing properties that are able to be used to address emotional and / or physical issues.  For example: Lavendar is a very relaxing and calming oil with antimicrobial properties.  When offered an oil, an animal will run both nostrils over the scent then use predominantly one nostril or the other.  Depending on which nostril it uses, determines which side of the brain is stimulated and whether the condition the animal is experiencing is more physical or emotional in nature. 
  • Canine Somatics: is a unique method of addressing movement and behavior related issues.  Working and Sporting dogs can develop chronically contracted muscles due to repeated physical and emotional stress. The brain controls the muscles: therefore in order to change the tension in the muscles (which will allow the bones to come back to proper alignment) one has to change the message going to the brain. This is done by using a sequence of slow, gentle movements specifically designed to move various bodyparts through their normal range of motion.  This enables the contracted muscles to become softer as they elongate, promoting greater mobility within the skelatal system.  This in turn lessens the risk of tendon / ligament injuries.
  • Rain Drop Therapy:"Rain Drop" therapy is a simple but extremely powerful treatment that uses the healing powers of essential oils. Its most beneficial quality is that it strengthens and enhances the immune system.  When doing a raindrop therapy on a dog, I am using the most powerful anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-infectious and anti-bacterial oils to address physical, emotional and spiritual issues inherent in the working and sporting dogs. Many of the sporting dogs are prone to skin conditions as a result of being in and out of water or from getting scratches while running in thick brush.  Rainrop Therapy is especially useful for pulling toxins out of the body. 
  • BioSonic Repatterning: This is a method of sound healing developed by Dr. John Bellieu, N.D., Ph.D. which uses tuning forks based on sonic ratios found in nature.  Studies have shown that all cells in the body respond to sound. The use of certain combination of sounds facilitate the re-alignment of the body, its nervous system, muscles and organs.
  • Chakra Balancing: Please refer to the Chakra Balancing tab for detailed information.
  • Digital Thermal Imaging: Digital Thermal Imaging is a non-invasive tool that measures the surface temperature of an object or body.  Introduced into the veterinarian comunity in the late 1980's, it was proven to be an effective real time imaging tool to detect abnormalties present in stressed tissues and muscles that typically weren't able to be seen using conventional diagnostic imaging equipment. Most veterinarians will concur that sports relateed injuries are tough to diagnose.  Thermal imaging allows me to see right away where there is inflammation or a "sore" area in the dog's body.  When I find areas of concern, I advise the pet owner to consult with their veterinarian for further diagnostics.

People often ask me some of the following questions:

  • "Why do a treatment on my dog?" Why not I respond?  Don't you feel better after having bodywork done on yourself?  When the body is in balance and harmony, the body is able to be in optimum health.
  • "What if my dog just had surgery?" Great question!  First, I suggest you get the permission of your veterinarian surgeon because all surgeries are different.  I have found that the style of bodywork that I do helps to prevent to build up of scar tissue and promotes faster healing, shortening the recovery time.
  • "Is a treatment painful?" No. On the contrary.  I work with specific therapies that put the dog in a state of deep relaxation.
  • "How many treatments will I need and will I see results right away?" Every dog is different, just like every human is different. The number of tretments for optimum  results will depend on what you are treating for...an acute or chronic condition, or if you are treating for preventative measures (to enhance its overall wellbeing and performance).  Usually clients see a difference in their dog after the first session.
  • "How much time should I allow between sessions?" That's going to depend on several things. I usually reommend that the performance dogs be treated at least on a twice a month basis depending on their "job". and show schedule. The family pet  usually does well with treatments given once every other month after the first session.  A senior pet may initially need sessions twice a month to boost it's immune system then put on a monthly maintenance program depending on its age, health and current comfort level.  Just like each person responds differently to therapy, so does each dog.  I like to look at each one inidividually, tailoring a wellness program to its needs and owner's budget.