Born to Run

Working with Vets

A Multimodal Approach


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!). 

If you live in the Suffolk area and have a pet with a musculoskeletal problem,

I suggest you ask your vet for a referral”

Dr. Vince MacNally  – BVSc VetMFHom MRCVS

What Is Clinical Canine Massage?

It is a non-invasive therapy that involves the assessment and manipulation of muscles and fascia to resolve or manage pain and dysfunction related to soft tissue injury and to address the protective splinting of muscles that occurs with orthopaedic conditions.

The focus of clinical canine massage is to work with veterinary diagnosed conditions to rehabilitate muscular issues which cause pain, restrict range of motion, inhibit movement and affect posture.


Canine arthritis management is the No. 1 reason why owners choose clinical massage for their elderly dog!  

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

Perci's lameness was resolved with Born to Run massage

“At 10 years Jessie suddenly developed a highly fatigable gait with all four legs affected.

Her desire to go for a walk dropped to zero, along with her ability to jump, climb stairs and walk.

A short period of no exercise was 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.

She explained everything she did in a way that we understood and trusted.

Angela supported us for months during Jessie’s’ rehabilitation as well as making herself available when we needed urgent appointments.  She really helped raise our confidence through the exercises and therapy she conducted that Jessie’s health could indeed return to normal.

‘We are very pleased to report, that months later our little dog’s health has been restored and that it is clearly sustainable.
As a result of our experience with Angela Day we have had no hesitation in recommending her to friends and family with dogs.”

Dr. Steve & Dr. Mandy Humphries & Jessie

Canine Massage – Patient Suitability

  • Soft Tissue or muscular injury rehabilitation
  • Arthritis Pain Management
  • Intermittent Lameness
  • Inconclusive X Rays or MRI scans
  • Hyperalgesia
  • Behavioural changes due to pain
  • Gait or Postural issues
  • NSAID contraindication or intolerance
  • Unknown canine athlete performance issues

Benefits of Canine Massage

  • Reduces levels of anxiety, nervousness and depression.
  • 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 inflammation
  • Improves performance, gait, and postural issues
  • Gives a dog back their “sparkle” and zest for life.

Why Refer to Angela Day, Born to Run?

  • A Canine Massage Guild Member
  • An International Association of Animal Therapists Member
  • I’m a Contributor to the worlds first Canine Massage Clinical Trials as announced by the Vettimes.
  • I’m fully insured by Balens, underwritten by Zurich
  • I undertake on average 50 hrs CPD p.a. (the required standard is 25hrs)
  • I’ve completed the extensive 2-year clinical massage training programme (approx 1200hrs of study)
  • I’ve been in clinical practice for over 5 years.
  • 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 point.  I assess muscles from origin and insertion including fibre direction.

    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)

    Angela is delighted to be a contributor to the worlds first Canine Massage Clinical Trials being conducted by Sparsholt and Winchester Universities to prove the efficacy of Canine Massage as reported by The Vet Times.

    She says “These ground breaking trials are a game changer for Clinical Massage and in particular the Lenton Method, a trademarked series of protocols taught only to Canine Massage Guild members.”

    The Canine Massage Guild is an association who regulate the network of professional therapists spanning the UK and beyond who have graduated the extensive 2 year Practitioner Programme run by the Canine Massage Therapy Centre.

    Angela, a member of the Guild for over 5 years, says, “It is the massage therapy choice for the owner who appreciates the unrivalled quality of training achieved by the Canine Massage Guild member.”



    A comprehensive initiative which details how clinical massage can be an indispensable component of a vet-led multi-disciplinary practice.

    It also explains how myself as a Canine Massage Guild Member work with Vets, do not treat without vet consent and submit written reports on dogs progress to ensure continuity of care.

    To request a brochure or find out more

    In light of the recent RCVS recommendations to amend the Exemptions Order 2015 I welcome the proposed changes in relation to musculoskeletal therapists.

    If you would like discuss how to smoothly integrate clinical massage into your practice as part of a multi-discilinary approach please contact Angela Day on 07730 133134 to discuss.

    Born to Run, Massage Therapy for the dogs of Suffolk, Essex & Norfolk.

    Member of the Canine Massage Guild & International Association of Animal Therapists.


    I run with my golden doodle “ Perci “ ( Cani Cross) , so I’m always keen to make sure he’s fit n well . A few months ago I noticed he had a limp which seemed to be coming from his shoulder. I rested him but it didn’t improve.

    I had been to a talk Angela did at our vets so contacted her , her response was immediate and she saw Perci very quickly. 

    It was fascinating watching her work. Perci was so at ease and you could visibly see him easing under Angela’s hands, he actually went to sleep whilst she worked her magic.  

    After just one session his limp went completely. 

    Watching Angela work is amazing she has a calm and relaxing manner which puts both dog and owner at ease.  Perci and cannot recommend her enough 

    Bex & Perci


    I just wanted to say to anyone that is looking to get help with their canine friend,

    Angela is one in a million, two years ago Misty had many muscular problems and was unable to jump properly but following treatment and guidance we had an amazing season last year.

    I sadley lost Misty this month through cancer but with the help from Angela our final season was amazing together.

    Thank you Angela xxx simply the best xxx

    Ann & Misty


    I took my 12 and a half-year-old Collie cross Bailey to see Angela after his joints appeared stiff.

    He was diagnosed with Arthritis some time ago and wanted to see if massage would ease this.

    I was surprised at how calm my usually energetic dog was with Angela and how patient she was with him.

    After just one session I was shocked at the improvement in his mobility and range of movement.

    I would 100% recommend Angela and Born to Run Canine Massage.

    Karen & Bailey


    Thank you Angela for being so caring and professional with my very old lame dog today.

    Such a lovely calm environment for them too.

    Even I could have drifted off!!!

    Louise & Raggy

    Altuhna Sled Dogs

    Tactile, tenacious, thorough, passionate for results. 

    Amazing how in tune with my dogs Angela was when treating them.

    Born to Run is a firm favourite with

    Altunha Samoyeds


    My gorgeous old boy went to see Angela acting his 11.5 years.

    After 2 sessions he is now acting like a puppy. He is so much active and instigates playing with the other dogs rather than keeping out of their way!

    So so pleased with how he is now I just wish that I knew about Angela years ago!

    I can not thank her enough!

    Kirsty & Harvey


    Benson 13.5yrs choc lab loves his sessions.
    Waggy tail as soon as he sees Angela and goes straight to his room ready.
    He is the best judge for what is good for him for mobility and general well being.
    Such a lovely knowledgeable lady.
    Highly recommended!
    Jane & Benson


    I cannot describe the difference Angela has made to Delilahs health in such a short time.

    Delilah is a springador and is nearly 11.

    Recently she has struggled with getting down from the sofa and when running her back legs were starting to give way.

    After the first treatment she was so improved but also her mental state was so different.

    We think she was so uncomfortable that she became withdrawn and now she runs to greet us and is very sociable with us and company.

    I can’t recommend Angela enough she has given us our dog back to what she was 5 years ago and only after 2 treatments.

    Delilah says a big THANK YOU xx

    Sarah & Delilah


    I took Alfie, my border collie to Angela after a bit of unexplained lameness in his back leg.

    Angela gave Alfie a full massage and he was so much more relaxed and showed no signs of any problems after.

    Would definitely recommend.

    Jan & Alfie


    I found angela very relaxed and confident with my dog Scruff.
    He is a Border Terrier with what looks like some rough handling in his past.
    We rescued him at 8 months ago and they say he is bout 8-9 years old.
    Scruff is a happy dog and has settled in with us well.
    Due to his past he is very tense and has a lot of “trigger points” as Angela calls them.
    Scruff only needed 2 appointments and he is a more versatile dog and seems more relaxed.
    We will be continuing to see Angela with Scruff for maintenance work on him.
    Scruff was very relaxed with Angela and took the treatment calmly.

    Natalie & Scruffy


    We took our boy Bourbon to visit Angela after he started to show some behavioural changes.
    She noticed immediately that he had some trigger points down his spine and some tightening across his ribs.
    Angela worked on Bourbon first putting him at ease with some oils, the cabin was very relaxing.
    Bourbon wasn’t very settled on our first visit but Angela made some progress and gave me some tips to continue at home.
    On our second visit Bourbon was so chilled and relaxed he nodded off whilst Angela worked on him.
    Very much appreciated the time given to us and to help our boy.
    Won’t hesitate to return.
    Thank you Angela x

    Donna & Bourbon


    My Norwegian Elkhound had not been able to sit straight for months.

    Sort of lob sided.

    After one massage session there was visible improvement.

    By the third session he was sitting straight again.

    This was about a year ago and I am delighted to say he has not experienced the problem again.

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND anyone to take their dog to see Angela Day.

    Christine & Cracker


    I cannot thank Angela enough for how much she has helped my boy.
    He is not an easy dog to do anything “hands on” with at the best of times (the veterinary physio has to have him muzzled) but Angela has great skill in putting dogs at ease and the greatest of patience which has paid dividends – during his first massage with Angela following a slipped disc Hemi actually relaxed enough to snore!
    Angela has also helped keep my mum’s 14-year-old foster dog mobile
    Cannot recommend highly enough 💕

    Kione & Hemi


    I saw Angela with my 11 year old greyhound Tazz, after two sessions, his gait is much more relaxed, he runs and plays in the garden, and he seems so much happier in himself. I saw Angela with my 11 year old greyhound Tazz, after two sessions, his gait is much more relaxed, he runs and plays in the garden, and he seems so much happier in himself.

    So much better than long term meds which numb the pain but don’t bring back his sparkle!!

    Sue & Tazz


    My 8yr old lab Rory had a persistent limp that couldn’t be diagnosed accurately by the vets and the usual ‘cover all’ anti-inflammatories didn’t work, so I decided to give canine massage a go!

    I had heard of some good reviews from other owners and my vet was happy to sign the Born to Run consent form, so I booked Rory a session. Following just two sessions, Rory hasn’t looked back and seems so much more comfortable, especially after a long walk. Angela also gave some very good tips on how to look after your dogs muscular wellbeing.


    Giles & Rory


    Five star review from me!
    Great and professional service throughout the whole treatment! Selune really enjoyed it and even though she didn’t have any major issues I noticed a difference in her movements!
    Would happily recommend Born to Run to anyone! xx

    Cicci & Selune


    Thanks Angela for getting Wiggo primed for a great run last Saturday, he was a superstar!

    Bee & Wiggo

    Torwind Spaniels

    We (Torwind Spaniels) love what you are able to do and have done for our dogs Angela Day.  Their lives are better with you in it.  

    Sometimes something doesn’t quite seem right but you find it, release it, sort it, job done.  These dogs do and go through so much, give so much, living life to the full.  

    I took Woody for a first assessment and after seeing the results, have ended up taking all our spaniels.  Great work. Great results.  Your dog is worth it.  This is not just a fluffy service but scientific and bringing benefit to the dogs who are treated by her.  Long may she and other canine massage practitioners continue this life-changing work

    Shara & Jim, Torwind Spaniels

    Bolt, Jam and Charlie

    I can recommend the treatment.  If anyone has an ageing greyhound go and get them a session or two – it really does help! 

    Karen   Bolt, Jam, Charlie  


    So glad we found Born to Run  my boy had a limp from over compensating after an injury and we thought our only option was x-ray’s under anaesthetic which is dangerous for him to find out what was wrong. After just a few sessions his whole body has loosened up, he’s happier and limp free. 


    So happy we found your stall on the dog show. If you have an elderly dog I would highly recommend canine massage!


    My rescue lurcher, Sapphie, has spent most of her adult life now hopping much of the time following multiple problems in her hind leg and paw.  Three vets have said there is nothing more they can do for her.  We did achieve some considerable progress via physio and to a lesser extent hydro therapy earlier this year, but progress has now plateaued and I was keen to try massage to see if that helps.

    Just to say I think the session last week has had a very positive effect on Sapphie’s lameness. Since the day after you came she has been using the leg more, especially on walks, morning and evening, and more consistently i.e even if she has had a bit of a run.  I have extended our morning walking time and it doesn’t seem to have done any harm.  Really pleased with this progress

    Louise and Sapphie


    Very pleased with the Clinical Canine Massage Services Angela provides through ‘Born To Run Massage’. Friendly and Professional Angela was very calm and in control even though my dog wasn’t the most compliant of patients! I loved Angela’s kind confidence in handling my over-the-top crazy dog! From a massage perspective and seeing results…………… WOW 2 sessions and my dog is so much more mobile and fluent in her movement! I finally feel confident in letting my dog off lead again for a run around without the worry that she may be too stiff or lame afterwards. Thank you Angela.
    Gemma and Mocha 


    Born to Run Massage has made a huge difference to Milou (4yr old ChihuahuaX) who is a very active dog and a keen cani-cross runner. Milou has a few issues with her pelvis which leaves her with some tight muscles in her back and makes her feel uncomfortable. So needs some help to release the knots from time to time.
    Angela is so calm and gentle with the dogs and makes you feel really relaxed which helps the dog also, I almost fell asleep myself just watching her work. Milou really enjoyed her massage and loved all the attentioned.  
    Milou had 2 sessions with Angela and it made a big difference. Milou is enjoying her cani-cross runs again and has a lovely swing in her back again and is moving much more freely now.
    I always recommend Angela to anyone whose dog shows some discomfort or is feeling a little tight in the joints.
    Cindy and Milou 


    My cavapoo was showing signs of being uncomfortable when moving around.  He seemed to be stiff when walking and would avoid play with other dogs. 

    After one treatment he seemed much more comfortable and was almost smiling as he zoomed around the room!  He held his head higher and no longer had a robotic stiffness when he walked. At his second treatment, Angela was able to free off a lot more trigger points as he was much more supple since the initial treatment. Since this second treatment he has been like a puppy again, charging around and engaging in play with his friends. He no longer seems to be ‘protecting’ himself when near to other dogs. I can’t thank Angela enough as the treatment really has transformed his quality of life. We will definitely be back for ‘maintenance’ sessions!
    Tracey and Ozzie

    Lady Pepper

    My dog got hit by a child riding his scooter into her rear last year, which left her in pain and limping. Angela came out to massage her twice and had her up and running again after the treatments. Angela is a very knowledgeable therapist and gave me lots of insight on top of the massage for the dog, which she enjoyed very much thanks to the calm and patient energy Angela brought to the table. I’d recommend her services and will be contacting her again should anything ail our furry family companion again in the future.

    Jasmine and Lady Pepper


    I first met Angela at an agility show, where I was competing with my G6 border collie Piper. he wasn’t running at his normal speed

    I was so happy with how Piper took to it all, and how relaxed he was through the session.  Also, I was very impressed with Angela’s knowledge, so much so, that we now enjoy regular maintenance massage sessions, every few months, just so I know that Piper is in tip top condition.  I have retired Piper from agility now, but will continue to see Angela on a regular maintenance basis, because I trust her judgement, and skills, (plus Piper adores her) and I would highly recommend Angela

    Jo and Piper