"A Dog That Can Move Well Is A Happy & Content Dog"
What Are The Benefits Of Canine Myofunctional Therapy?
Canine Myofunctional Therapy (CMT) has positive effects on all body systems such as musculoskeletal, integumentary (skin, hair and nails), cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary and nervous systems and encourages the body to self-heal. It helps to manage chronic muscular pain and reduce any inflammation. CMT will help dogs of all ages to stay healthier for longer.
CMT Will Help The Following Body Systems:
Blood circulation to the joints, muscles, tissues, skin and all body systems is improved, which in turn increases nutrition to these areas.
Lymph circulation is stimulated and aids with elimination of wastes and toxins.
STIMULATION OF INTERNAL ORGANS AND NERVOUS SYSTEM
Internal organs are stimulated through massage via the circulatory system and stimulation of the nervous system to work more efficiently. Massage will also activate the parasympathetic nervous system which regulates digestion, heart and respiratory rate.
MUSCULAR INJURIES, TIGHTNESS & PAIN REDUCTION
Musculoskeletal injuries will especially benefit as the improvement of circulation and nutrition to the joints will lessen inflammation and swelling, as well as helping to alleviate pain. CMT will help to relax the muscles and lengthen connective tissue as well as break down knots and adhesions in the muscles. This will allow muscles to gain greater range of motion and improve muscle tone, performance and mobility as stride length and joint articulation improve.
Benefits For Dogs Of All Life Stages:
For puppies, CMT benefits their growth as massage provides increase in circulation which in turn brings oxygen and nutrients to growing muscles and tissues as well as removing wastes from the body. Massage will also help to sooth discomfort from rapid bone and muscle growth during the puppies first year as well as helping them to develop spatial awareness and learning that human touch can feel good.
CMT will help to calm and focus adolescent dogs and massage will help to reduce muscle injury from boisterous play.
MIDDLE AGED DOGS
Middle aged dogs from around the age of 6 or 7 yrs. old, will benefit from CMT as it can help with chronic muscular pain and stiffness or repetitive strain issues that can be common around this age.
SENIOR DOGS & PALLIATIVE CARE DOGS
Senior dogs suffering from stiffness and reduced mobility will find CMT helpful in slowing down the natural ageing process, through improved mobility and reduction of pain from arthritic joints. Both senior and palliative care dogs will find CMT soothing and comforting for pain reduction and improved quality of life.
DOGS POST SURGERY
Dogs recovering from musculoskeletal or orthopaedic injuries or dogs that are post surgery are ideal for receiving CMT as it will help to rehabilitate them from their injury and improve mobility.
ANXIOUS, OVERLY EXCITABLE AND STRESSED DOGS
From an emotional and mental aspect, CMT would benefit all dogs especially those who are anxious, very excitable, suffering from mental and emotional stress as well as palliative care dogs, by providing them with a calming and soothing touch and allowing them to feel more relaxed. It enables them to connect to their parasympathetic nerve function which calms the body as opposed to the sympathetic nerve function which will excite the body in response to danger, challenge and stress. If the dog has mobility issues, then being able to move more freely will help the dog to feel better which in turn makes for a happier and more settled dog emotionally. Massage will also provide calm from the mental stress that agility, show or working dogs may suffer from as they are constantly required to perform and to please.
AGILITY, SHOW AND WORKING DOGS
Agility show and working dogs would especially derive benefits from CMT in between events, competitions or work time to help keep muscles soft and pliable and would also benefit from having a shorter sports massage just prior to and after any exertion.