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Compression: Rhythmic Pumping – Compression can be relaxing or stimulating. Relaxing compression is a slow rhythmic pumping motion pressing the belly of the muscle against underlying bone to create a sustained increase in circulation and muscle relaxation. The timing of the stimulating compression stroke is very different. It is a staccato 1, 2, 3, or cha, cha, cha like the beat of the Latin dance. It is meant to excite or stimulate a dog for competition, work, or play.
Straight Line Friction – To perform straight line friction, hold the fingers of your hands firmly together and place both hands on the body part you wish to massage. Simultaneously move the hands in opposite directions - one toward you and one away from you. Your hands should not slide over the surface of the skin but should remain stationary on the skin and move the skin over underlying fascia, muscle, and bone. This limits the length of the stroke. Reverse directions when the hands reach their maximum excursion. This move promotes healthy skin and enhances joint health when performed on muscles surrounding a joint.
Angel Wing – To perform the angel wing stroke, your fingers trace a pattern that resembles the angel wings we made in the snow as children. Bend your fingers at a 90° angle to your hand and place them on a large muscled area of the dog. Rotate your hand in a motion that mimics a hitch hiker thumbing a ride. Use only one or two fingers if you are massaging a small dog. This move works well on the large muscles of the shoulder and hindquarters.
Cupping is a percussion technique that is excellent for the ribs, lungs, hips and shoulders. The hands are held in a cup-like position and alternately strike the area to be treated. Done correctly, the movement should result in a loud clapping sound.
Wringing is a two-handed stroke used primarily on the legs and occasionally on the tail. The hands are wrapped around the distal part of the leg with fingers of both hands on one side and thumbs on the other. The hands should be slightly separated to avoid pinching. Compress the tissue against underlying bone by making a twisting motion that moves the fingers of the two hands toward each other while the thumbs move apart. Hold the position for a few seconds, and release the tissue. Reverse the action and move the thumbs toward each other while the fingers of the two hands move apart. Hold and release. Move the hands slightly proximally and repeat the two-part movement.
Thumb Gliding - Hamstrings – Collectively the biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus muscles are called hamstrings, because their distal ends fell like strings. They have complex actions, but all help extend the hip as the dog walks or runs. The long semitendinosus and semimembranosus muscles abut each other on the caudal side of the hind limb. Thumb gliding up the back of the thigh relaxes these muscles and increases local circulation. Slowly, applying pressure with only the thumb, move your hand up the semitendinosus and semimembranosus muscles. Repeat this move two or three times.
Passive Stretch of Front Legs – Passive stretches do a great deal to improve a dog's flexibility and range of motion. Stretching should always be done gently, with caution, and within the anatomical limitations of the muscle, fascia, and joints involved.
Thumb Gliding - Neck & Spine helps identify "tight spots" or spasms and release tension in muscles. It is frequently used on the neck and along the spine. Slowly, applying pressure with only the thumb, move your hand down the muscle or muscles in the area you are working. Repeat this move two or three times moving the thumb an inch or so laterally with each stroke.
Passive Touch, Part 1 – Passive touch is a technique that warms superficial tissues and promotes peripheral circulation to relieve pain. Place the surface of one of more fingers or the entire open hand on the spot where heat or tension is present in the dog’s body. Rest your hand there for 20 – 30 seconds or longer WITHOUT APPLYING PRESSURE and WITHOUT MOVEMENT. The heat from your hand will warm the superficial tissues and increase peripheral circulation which helps relieve pain.
Rain Drops is a very gentle percussion stroke that that can be performed anywhere on the body to excite the nervous system, increase mental alertness, and stimulate the skin, coat, and muscles. Rest the side of the thumb gently on the dog. Gently tap one finger at a time starting with the little finger. Once all four fingers have landed, raise them and repeat the stroke.
Dr. Sue Talks About Canine Massage for Rescue Animals on All Paws Pet Talk Radio
November 5, 2015
32 minutes 41 seconds
Deborah Wolfe, pet trainer and award winning radio host interviewed Dr. Sue on her show Smart Animal Talk that is broadcast on All Paws Pet Talk Radio stations. They discussed the benefits of canine massage for rescue animals. From the dog's point of view, a strange human who reaches to touch him is entering his personal space. Massage can calm the dog and introduce a frightened pup to good human touch.
The lateral stretch works the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and trunk. Get a dog's attention with a treat so he follows your hand toward his hindquarters. Hold the stretch for several seconds. Be sure to stretch both sides of the dog.
Sun moon is a circular move that uses both hands to relax muscles. One hand moves over an area in a full circle while the second hand follows in a half-circle movement. The full circle is the sun and the half-circle is the moon. This move is usually repeated 6 to 12 times.
Dr. Sue Talks About Canine Massage on All Paws Pet Talk Radio
August 20, 2015
Segment 1: 9 minutes 33 seconds
Deborah Wolfe, pet trainer and award winning radio host interviewed Dr. Sue on her show Smart Animal Talk which is broadcast on All Paws Pet Talk Radio stations. In this first segment, Deb and Dr. Sue discuss the importance of canine massage. Deb agrees with Dr. Sue that petting with a purpose can calm and heal a dog while relaxing the human giving the massage.
Segment 2: 10 minutes 18 seconds
Deborah Wolfe, pet trainer and award winning radio host interviewed Dr. Sue on her show Smart Animal Talk which is broadcast on All Paws Pet Talk Radio stations. Holistic Touch Therapy canine massage classes are described in the second segment. Classes for pet owners and classes for those wishing to be certified as a Canine Massage Practitioner are compared. Deb encouraged listeners to consider learning canine massage for their own pet or as a profession.