Muscle Release Therapy is a very gentle non-invasive manipulation of the soft tissues stimulating the body to restore its balanced state. It is never forced and is very relaxing for your animal. Muscle Release Therapy assists in relieving restrictions in the connective tissue of the body (especially the fascia which covers the muscles & extends to the organs of the body), freeing congestion, promoting the circulation and thereby increasing the nutrient supply to the body and the removal of toxins.
What conditions can be treated with Muscle Release Therapy?
Muscle Release Therapy assists in relieving pain and inflammation, improving the circulation (nutrient supply to the body), improving the lymphatics (removal of toxins from the body) and relaxation of muscle spasms, therefore, its is very useful in the treatment/management of the following conditions:
- Any acute injury – sprain or strain
- Back pain
- Chronic and/or degenerative conditions i.e. Arthritis, hip & elbow dysplasia
- Post operatively after surgery – especially musculoskeletal surgery to aid in pain relief and improve recovery rates
- Cystitis/urinary disorders
- Respiratory problems
- Working or competition dogs to maintain optimum health
What to expect in a treatment:
Each treatment is tailored to the specific needs of your animal. The treatment entails an initial assessment then a sequence of moves with breaks in between some of the moves to enable the animal’s body to process the treatment. In this time they may show a range of responses, some of the responses include:
- Licking themselves
- Stretching or sitting in different positions
- Taking themselves to a quiet corner for a few minutes before returning
What to expect after a treatment:
After a treatment your animal may sleep for a prolonged period which is fantastic as this enables the body to process the treatment & initiate repair & healing.
Your pet may be going through changes within his body for up to 7 days after a treatment. Generally, you will notice that your animal seems much more relaxed, the condition of their coat looks fuller and softer and the coat may also change colour – become darker. They may also have changes in their behaviour i.e. happier. Offer your animal plenty of fresh water & allow him/her the space & time they need.
It is good to encourage light walking to help with the circulation & changes in the body but in most cases best to avoid strenuous exercise for a minimum of 4 days.
The general treatment protocol is once a week for 3 weeks then a fortnight later but this may vary depending on your animal’s condition.
Dr Raquel says of Muscle Release Therapy: “I use Muscle Release therapy every day in my routine treatment of animals & I have been absolutely amazed at the results. It is so rewarding to be able to see the changes in the animals both physically & mentally. To see them enjoying their treatment and actually relaxing in the consultation room is fantastic.”