Interest in canine massage and physical therapy has grown as greater emphasis is placed on the general fitness and agility of dogs, as pets and as sporting animals. This book details the prevention, management and treatment of movement and allied disorders. It encompasses detailed assessments, treatment programmes that involve hands-on therapy along with dynamic remedial and strengthening techniques using exercise plans.
Following succinct discussion of the relevant canine anatomy and physiology, the authors provide chapters on each of the key topics: movement and muscles; exercise; preparation for sports performance; rehabilitation techniques; massage and physical therapy; and common relevant pathologies affecting dogs.
Physical Therapy and Massage for the Dog is of interest to all those involved in canine welfare including veterinary practitioners, veterinary students, therapists, dog owners and dog trainers.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Physical Therapy and Massage, Julia Robertson and Andy Mead
A brief History of Massage
Anatomy and Physiology, Julia Robertson and Andy Mead
Comparative Human and Canine Anatomy
How a Dog Moves, Julia Robertson
Muscle placement and action
Initiation of movement
Development of the puppy
Exercise and Activity Preparation, Julia Robertson and Meg Robertson
Exercise and Conditioning
Performance Areas and Their Stresses
Warming Up and Warming Down
Warm-Up and Warm-Down for the Handler
Rehabilitation Techniques, Julia Robertson
Massage in Physical Therapy, Julia Robertson
Introduction to Massage
Assessment of the Dog
Contraindications for Canine Massage
Common Diseases and Pathologies, Andy Mead and Julia Robertson
Investigation of Canine Lameness
Common Joint Diseases Causing Lameness
Disorders of Muscles and Tendons
Peripheral Neurological Disease
Glossary of Terms
Appendix - The Muscles of the Dog – Their Placement and Actions
"The seven chapters are supported with nicely presented coloured photographs, images and diagrams .. . This is certainly a book that anyone interested in an introduction to physical therapy and massage for the dog will enjoy."