What is Canine Myofunctional Therapy?
Canine Myofunctional Therapy (CMT) or Massage is more than just petting a dog. It has specific structure and procedure and requires functional movement and interactions associated with the various superficial muscles. It also involves acupressure and is focused on the use of touch to provide balance to the body. Canine Myofunctional Therapy involves the movement of the fascia. The fascia comprises the sheets of cellular tissue that envelopes the muscle bundles much like a stocking. This then "frees" the muscle allowing it to become more flexible.
While the theory of "hands on healing" for humans has been practised by many cultures over the centuries and provided many benefits for humans. And why not! After all it's the most natural reaction to touch a hurt or injured body part in order to assess or alleviate pain. Then why not for our canine friends? As there are many anatomical and structural similarities between humans and canines and, like us, they fall victim to injury and pain and suffer the same conditions as we humans.
The success of Canine Myofunctional Therapy is difficult to evaluate due to the lack of veterinary research. However, the acceptance of myofunctional therapy as a discipline has been increasing at an astonishing rate based on the numerous clinical observations and experiences in clinics around the globe. A New England vet stated that he "frequently massages canines to help reduce the pain and stiffness associated with hip dysplasia. 10 minutes, twice a day can break down fibrous tissues" He continues by stating "This expedites the removal of waste materials from the system and promotes more rapid healing" (Heinerman 1998). Veterinarians worldwide are accepting CMT as an accompaniment to traditional medical techniques.
*All dogs benefit from massage. From inactive seniors suffering from arthritic conditions, working, sporting and those recovering from surgery and injury.
As with any medical or healing assistance procedure or therapy there are contraindications, conditions whereby CMT should not be used or limited due to adverse reaction or damage of a more serious, underlying condition whereby CMT could prove detrimental to a dog's health.
CMT is not a substitute technique to replace modern veterinary medicine. However, it is a beneficial method to be used in conjunction as a complimentary medical aid. CMT can also be used as a diagnostic tool in assessing the differences in symmetry of muscles and growths, particularly while they are still small-allowing for early intervention and a much better diagnosis and prognosis for the animal. In addition to calming the animal, CMT provides an opportunity to assess the way the animal moves,looking for stiffness and a decreased range of motion as well as improving behavioral postures and habits and palpating pressure points.
CMT is a valuable discipline as it provides the ability to improve the overall wellbeing of the dog in providing structural health assistance,early diagnosis and psychologically decreases stress and tension. It offers benefits for general conditioning and pain relief in both healthy active dogs and those debilitated by illness and injuries. When combined with a good diet and regular exercise, CMT has the capability of improving the overall wellbeing of the dog and has proven to be important in injury prevention and health assessment
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Anna 0418-248653
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