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Canine Massage: How it works & why it works

Four Legs Therapy with Ella Attrill ESMT IAAMT

Ella Attrill Canine massage

What is Canine Massage?

Canine Massage provides a non-invasive therapy for medical reasons or just for the general well-being for your dog. Its an excellent rehabilitation service for muscular injuries and also helps to support orthopaedic issues like arthritis.

The treatment is ideal for most dogs whether they are sporting, working, senior or just your beloved pet. You can expect to see excellent results after just a few sessions.

Dogly has spoken to Equine and Canine massage therapist Ella Attrill to get the latest on her business Four Legs Therapy.

Who is Ella?

Canine massageElla Is a qualified and insured Equine Sports Massage Therapist (ESMT) and a member of the International Association of Animal Massage Therapists (IAAMT).

After becoming a qualified therapist she has treated a wide range of horses, from retired dressage horses to international race horses.

Ella’s love of animals gave her the desire to apply her massage therapy to other animals and not just limit it to horses.

Ella volunteered at The Elephant Nature Park in Thailand. The park runs a project for abandoned dogs with injuries from neglect, abuse and disease. Ella was able to apply her therapy to many dogs to aid their recovery and give them a better way of life.

Canine massage

After the experience she realised that many dogs could benefit from canine massage and she just had to help!

This was the catalyst that meant her canine massage service ‘Four Legs Therapy‘ was born. Her own dog Henry also benefits from frequent massages, lucky pooch!

My 10 year old dog Henry regularly receives massages to keep him mobile and pain-free in his later years, having developed Osteo-arthritis.

Canine Massage – What are the benefits?

There are numerous benefits associated with Canine Massage for dogs. If joints and bones are targeted then huge improvements in movement around the dogs body will be seen.

As a therapist Ella has a strong understanding of the muscular and skeletal systems of a dog’s body. With this knowledge Ella can pin point the problem within the dog, and provide the correct manipulation to the area. Various stretching and massage techniques will be applied to ease any pain and discomfort that the dog is suffering with.

The canine massage therapy can help dogs after operations and during their rehabilitation. If the dog has recently undergone surgery involving bones, muscles or joints it’s vitally important to strengthen these areas. Any delay in getting these areas back to tip top condition can mean the dog could strain other areas by over compensating.

Ella will work closely with your vet to ensure your dog is receiving the best treatment from all angles.

 Some of the benefits will include:
  • Improvements in posture
  • Soothing support for senior dogs
  • As a holistic aid for pain management for dogs intolerant to anti-inflammatory drugs or with renal dysfunction.
  • Natural and relaxing pain management for arthritis and other orthopaedic issues commonly found in many dogs.
  • Pain reduction after an injury or surgery.
  • Improvements to circulation and the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the body.
  • Aids relaxation and can reduce boisterous behaviour. (Perhaps Doglys Own ‘Lord Bentley’ could benefit from that!)
Some of the Typical results:
  • Character and mood improvements
  • Improvements in movement & activity
  • Reduction in stiffness
  • Full recovery from operations/ injuries
  • A happier dog that is used to being handled can make vet visits easier.

To learn more about Ella’s service and what she could do for your dog (or horse) visit her website Four Legs Therapy.

Or check out the Four Legs Therapy Facebook Page



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