Canine Bowen for dogs is rapidly growing in popularity as more and more people start to hear about its effects on a broad range of conditions, as with people it has the potential to help may physical conditions, but also is very beneficial when used on dogs with emotional issues such as phobias, anxiety and stress.
Prior to treating the dog, a full background history is taken. This will include information about the dog's daily lifestyle such as diet, exercise, temperament, behaviour etc. This helps to build a clearer picture on areas that may have an impact on the condition the dog is being treated with.
Observations will be made on static and dynamic conformation, this basically means looking at how the dog is put together, how it stands and moves etc.
Observations will also be made by running the hands all over the body, looking for areas of tension, tenderness, heat or cold etc.
The actual time 'hands on treating' the dog is relatively short, about 20 minutes. The 'breaks' of around 1-2 minutes will be put in after 2-3 sets of moves. However, dogs are far more in tune with their body's and will often decide where they want the breaks and move away. It is not uncommon for a dog to leave the room for a few minutes only to return for more. The dog is never restrained during the treatment and is free to move around, or come and go as he/she likes.
Dogs that have regular Bowen often walk over and present the area they want or need working on!
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL BE NEEDED?
How many treatments a dog requires will depend on it's presenting condition, age etc. But as with people, I would recommend 2-3 treatments at weekly intervals initially.
Working or competing dogs would benefit from regular treatments to help prevent injury, maintain health and enhance performance and recovery time.
- Back / neck / shoulder pain and stiffness
- Muscular tension and stiffness
- Hip, Elbow displaysia and other joint issues such as OCD.
- Spinal injuries
- Cruciate ligament problems
- Addisons, Cushings
- IBS, Colitis and other digestive complaints
- Post surgery to aid recovery
- Behavioural issues e.g. phobias, anxiety
- Maintenance and performance enhancement in competing dogs
- Palliative care for dogs with terminal illness