RESULTS: Decreased anxiety; loosening of the muscles along the front of the spine; increased mobility of hips, low back and spine; softening of the solar plexus and diaphragm; increased breathing capacity.
* All moves can be performed while your dog is either standing or lying down; it’s up to the pup.
Avoid dirty-dog syndrome by minimizing toxins from:
• Foods containing preservatives, chemicals, by-products and additives.
• Impure drinking water.
• Cleansers, herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides.
When working with your dog, follow these guidelines to ensure a wonderful experience:
• Be gentle, patient and attentive.
• Set your intention on healing.
• Watch for signs of discomfort and adjust your approach accordingly.
• Provide a safe, quiet environment when using “hands-on” modalities.
• Take note of bumps, areas of heat and sensitivity, and changes in the skin and fur.
• Discuss all abnormal findings with your vet.
• Follow your dog’s lead.
• Keeps muscles supple and flexible.
• Boosts circulation.
• Increases oxygenation and hydration.
• Enhances dog/owner bond.
• Engenders feelings of calm and contentment.
This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 53: Mar/Apr 2009
Raquel Wynn, CSCS, CPT, LMT, based in Nashville, Tenn., is the author of the new book Stretch Your Dog Healthy and the host of petliferadio.com's "Wynn with Dogs". raquelwynn.com