Manual Techniques

Jeffrey has had considerable experience in dealing with soft tissue dysfunction and injuries in humans, prior to working with dogs. This experience has given him insight and capacity to be creative when working with canines. Manual techniques include myofascial release, joint mobilization, neuromuscular facilitation, strain-counterstrain and passive end range stretching. Refer to About the Therapist for more background information
Passive range of motion can be assessed and performed lying on the ground, while standing, or in the pool.

Massage is most often a gentle manual release of muscle tension, although it may also incorporate some of the other manual skills already mentioned. It can be utilized in conjunction with post-surgery rehab or to maximize the benefits of chemotherapy.
In humans, massage has been shown to:
  • Increase Circulation
  • Reduce Stress
  • Relieve muscle stiffness
  • Decrease muscle restrictions
  • Bolster immune system response
  • Enhance muscle tone
There is every reason to believe that massage therapy does the same for our beloved canine friends. When massaging each dog every effort is made to convey a message of trust and an interest in helping that animal find balance and good health.