Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease producing inflammation which results in pain within the joints. The condition is characterised by the progressive and long term deterioration of the smooth cartilage that surrounds the joints which eventually affects the dog’s mobility.
Massage can benefit by: • Relieving muscle tension • Improving mobility and flexibility • Reduces pain and swelling • Improves circulation generally
• Warms surrounding muscles making them more supple • Helps to relax overcompensating muscles
This is where the kneecap (situated just above the knee joint in dogs) will luxate, or jump out of the groove rather than sliding up and down the groove. The first indication that something might be wrong is a characteristic ‘hop’ and ‘skip’ movement whilst the dog is mobilising. The dog will be seen limping and hopping along trying to ‘pop’ the patella back into its groove. Luxating patella can be caused by past trauma to the knee such as a fall or being hit in a road traffic accident. Genetics and breeding can also cause this condition as well as malformation during the growth phase in a puppy. Massage can benefit by: • Reducing soreness/stiffness • Helps keep your dog active and mobile • Ensures areas of overcompensation and pain referral are minimised • Encourages weight bearing on all 4 limbs so that all limbs used equally
This affects the ball and socket joint of the hip where the head of the large bone in the dog's leg doesn't fit snugly into the hip socket. The socket itself is not well developed, thus creating a lot of stress on the joint and surrounding muscles. Massage can benefit by: • help to decrease pain • Helps to strengthen muscles • Helps mobility • Helps flexibility • Reduces inflammation • Helps the dog to exercise normally• Relieves soreness and stiffness• Corrects muscle balance • Relieves tension
Cruciate Ligament Damage:
There are 4 ligaments which criss-cross over the stifle to give the knee support, flexibility and movement thus providing joint stability. Rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament is a common injury which the ligament has been torn or severed from its point of attachment to the bone, making the leg weak, unstable and lame (ligaments attach bone to bone). Massage can benefit by: • Aids recovery after an operation• Aids recuperation time by minimising pain and aiding comfort • Helps get your dog walking again with improved mobility • Encourages weight bearing equally on all 4 limbs • Helps to strengthen the affected leg • Reduces and minimises areas of overcompensation and pain referral