Manual therapy is a specialized treatment approach. It consists of hands-on techniques, mainly massage and joint mobilization. However, it can involve other techniques designed to mobilize joints, activate muscles, connective tissues, and stimulate nerves to promote healing and restore optimal function.
Massage therapy is a form of alternative therapy the benefits of which may include relaxation of tight and sore muscles, increased oxygenation, reduced pain, improved joint flexibility as well as miscellaneous benefits to the immune system. It uses touch to maintain or improve both physical and emotional well- being.
Massage is one of the most commonly used types of manual therapy. Not only pets who suffer from various musculoskeletal or neurological disorders can benefit from it. Massage therapy can be also successfully applied to canine athletes or pets that might find overall relaxation useful.
The Dorn Method is a form of manual, holistic alternative therapy. This method is used to correct misalignments in the spinal column and joints. The most common problems, where Dorn therapy can be used include the incorrect position of bones in the hindquarter, rotation and drops of vertebrae, cranial and pelvic shifts, cervical spine, and occipital blockages, stiffness of the body and other problems of the animal skeletal system. This is a gentle technique and usually used in combination with massage therapy
Lymphatic drainage is therapeutic massage treatment. It helps to increase the flow of lymph and reduce toxins in the body. This technique has beneficial effects on animals’ general health. It is often used to reduce post-traumatic and post-operative swelling.