“Clinical Canine Massage Significantly
Reduces Pain Severity in Dogs”,
Study by University of Winchester Finds
Clinical Trials Data Contributor
The Lenton Method™ – a 3-tiered approach to the evaluation and treatment of the canine patient who presents with soft tissue or musculoskeletal injuries and/or degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis.
- Data submitted in 2018
- A cohort of 527 dogs and owners
- 65 Canine Massage Guild practitioners
- This work was approved by the Ethics Committee, University Centre Sparsholt UK (ref Riley: Canine Massage Project
- Assessment of 5 Key Pain Indicators
Clinical massage , is non-invasive and involves the assessment and manipulation of muscles and fascia to resolve or manage pain and dysfunction related to soft tissue injury.
It addresses the protective splinting of muscles that occur with orthopaedic conditions. The focus of clinical massage is to work with veterinary diagnosed conditions to rehabilitate muscular issues which cause pain, restrict or inhibit movement and affect posture.
The study shows significant decrease in pain severity following canine massage therapy as practiced by Canine Massage Guild members.
In fact in 95% of dogs tested, pain was significantly reduced.
As a contributor to these ground-breaking clinical trials research into the efficacy of Canine Massage Therapy , I am delighted to report that the results are now published in Vet Record, a peer-reviewed medical journal distributed by the British Veterinary Association. Access the Research
As soon as logistically possible we will move to phase II – Double-blind trials.
Clinical Canine Massage Supported Diagnoses
Myalgia (muscle pain and weakness) -♦- Soft Tissue Injury (Strain & Sprain) -♦- Osteoarthritis -♦- Hip Dysplasia -♦- Elbow Dysplasia -♦- OCD -♦- Spondylosis -♦- FCE -♦- Intervertebral Disc Disease -♦- Sciatica -♦- Myofascial Pain (often seen as an exaggerated Panniculus Response) -♦-Tendonitis -♦- Trigger Points -♦- CDRM -♦- Neurological Inhibition -♦- Somatic Dysfunction -♦- Conservative management of Cruciate Injury & Luxating Patella (grades 1 & 2)
Using 4 modalities of massage, what really sets this type of massage apart from others is the Lenton Method™; a set of direct myofascial release protocols designed specifically to complement the dogs’ anatomy, body-mapping which addresses common areas of muscular injury, myofascial pain, and active trigger points. I assess muscles from origin and insertion including fibre direction
Soft Tissue/Muscle rehabilitation
Arthritis Pain Management
Inconclusive X Rays or MRI scans
Pain related behavioural changes
Gait or Postural issues
NSAID contraindication or intolerance
Sport/working dog performance issues
A Multimodal Approach
Integrated Veterinary Care Initiative
The Canine Massage Guilds comprehensive Integrated Veterinary Care Initiative details how clinical canine massage can be an indispensable component of your vet-led, multi-disciplinary practice. It also explains how we work with vets, do not treat without vet consent, and submit written reports on dogs’ progress post-treatment to ensure continuity of care.
In light of the recent RCVS recommendations to amend the Exemptions Order 2015, I welcome the proposed changes in relation to musculoskeletal therapists working as part of a multimodal rehabilitation team.
With the introduction of the IVCI this is something we have been working towards for several years.
If you would like discuss how to smoothly integrate clinical massage into your practice as part of a multi-disciplinary approach please contact Angela Day on 07730 133134 to discuss.
What Am I Looking For?
Muscle Splinting -♦- Compensation -♦- Strains -♦- Trigger Points -♦- Myofascial Pain -♦- Restrictive Scar Tissue -♦- Hypermobility -♦- Sub Clinical Signs of Pain -♦- Pain Based Behaviours -♦- Sport / Working Dog Performance Issues
Benefits of Canine Massage
Owners report that following 3 treatments of clinical massage their dog is happier, more playful, more mobile and able to go for longer walks again.
Improves joint health and function
Reduces muscle soreness and stiffness
Improves range of movement
Restores muscle function
Breaking the pain cycle - massage successfully offers pain management for arthritis, hip/elbow dysplasia, cruciate injury spondylosis, and luxating patella
Reduces levels of anxiety, nervousness and depression.
Improves performance, gait and postural issues
Why Work With Me?
I’m Angela Day, my clinic is based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
I’ve completed the extensive 2-year clinical massage programme with the Canine Massage Therapy Centre.(approx 1200hrs of study).
Using 4 modalities of massage, what really sets this type of massage apart from others is the Lenton Method™; a set of direct myofascial release protocols designed specifically to complement the dogs’ anatomy, body-mapping to address common areas of muscular injury, myofascial pain, and active trigger points.
I assess muscles from origin and insertion including fibre direction.
I am happy to provide a full report at the end of three consecutive treatments to complement a multimodal approach to patient care.
Canine Massage Guild Member
I'm a Contributor to the worlds first Canine Massage Clinical Trials as announced by the Vettimes . THE RESULTS ARE IN!
Member of International Association of Animal Therapists
I'm fully insured by Balens, underwritten by Zurich
I've been in clinical practice for over 6 years.
I undertake on average 50 hrs CPD p.a. (industry standard is 25hrs)
“I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to take a dog of my own to Angela for treatment
(and I specialised in orthopaedic surgery for 3 years before becoming a holistic vet!). “
Dr. Vince MacNally – BVSc VetMFHom MRCVS“
“Born to Run were recommended when I was looking to help my dog recover from cruciate knee surgery.
He’s had a wide range of treatments to keep him sound – physio, hydro, chiro etc,. but the massage is the one that I have found has made the most sustainable difference to his condition”
Liz and Beanie
“I run with my golden doodle Perci ( Cani Cross). A few months ago I noticed he had a limp I rested him but it didn’t improve.
I had been to a talk Angela did at our vets so contacted her.
Perci was so at ease and you could visibly see him easing under Angela’s hands.
After just one session his limp went completely. Perci and I cannot recommend her enough
Bex & Perci
“Jessie suddenly developed a highly fatigable gait with all four legs affected.. followed by catastrophic muscle and weight loss over her whole body…
We were seriously considering having her put to sleep!”
In combination with diagnostics at Dick White Referrals, Angela worked in a very kind, gentle, and consistent way with Jessie.
We are very pleased to report, that our little dog’s health has been restored and that it is clearly sustainable.