What is it ?
Canine Bowen Therapy is a hands-on remedial treatment which works over joints, ligaments, soft tissue, tendons and fascia to stimulate the body's own natural healing process. These gentle yet powerful moves involve light, but firm pressure on the body, in order to balance the Autonomic Nervous System.
The moves are interspersed with short breaks to allow the dog's body to assimilate the work and start the process of healing and rebalancing.
There is no cracking of joints, hard manipulation and no massaging.
It is based on the principles of 'The Bowen Technique', which originated from Australia during the 1950's and was brought to the U.K in the 1990's. It's a sucessful Human therapy, for which I am also fully qualified to practice.
It was adapted for use on Canines by Behaviourists & Trainers (also Bowen Human Therapists) Ron & Sally Askew in 2001, who integrated their findings into the Canine behaviour & Rehabilitation work with great success.
How does it work?
Research is ongoingbut in brief, Canine Bowen moves and procedures aid to reset the body to heal itself by activating, through the nervous and endocrine systems amongst others, the following mechanisms:
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What to expect...
During your Dog's first Canine Bowen Therapy session I will take a full case history of their past and present health problems, including any accidents and injuries, and discuss any concerns you have. A typical session will last up to about an hour, this is to allow the Dog to relax, although the actual treatment time is around 20-30mins. You will need to stay with your Dog during treatment, it's usually best I come to treat your Dog in your home, where they will be more comfortable in their own surroundings.
I work 'with' your Dog, the therapy is never forced on them, they are free to walk away if they so wish – forcing the therapy upon the Dog will only serve to make them less receptive and will be counter-productive to the outcome. It is important to recognise and respect when the dog indicates it has received what they need.
It is possible that your Dog may not accept much therapy during their first treatment, as they may need time to trust and accept, this is fine, it is all a step in the right direction and you will likely find once the trust barrrier has been lowered they will want Canine Bowen Therapy, and will actually help guide me to the places they'd like me to work on.
Often, only one to three treatments at weekly intervals may be all that's required to achieve a notable change.
Periodic top ups are beneficial to those Dogs who are elderly, or have chronic conditions, or dogs used for working or competition.
Afterwards, you will be given 'Aftercare' advice on how to get the most benefit from Canine Bowen Therapy, particulary with regard to exercise and handling. Carring out this advice is an important part of the treatment and can have a enormous affect on the outcome.
This is Boswell & Tye from the RSPCA, they really enjoyed their treatments.
Boswell, an American Bulldog, was recovering from a Cruciate Ligament injury. Looking at him you wouldn't think 15mins earlier he was bouncing around the room! Also Tye, a Staffy, was given some Canine Bowen due to the stress of his rehoming situation.
Both beautiful gentle boys eased into the therapy very quickly, Dogs really do know what they need, and where they need it!
Just like us, Dogs sometimes need a little 'tweak' here and there, think of how you feel after some form of bodywork...usually relaxed,
more mobile, more happy!
If you'd like your Dog to try Canine Bowen Therapy just get in touch and download a Vet referal form at the very bottom of this page. You'll find my leaflets at local Vets for more info.
|Canine Bowen Therapy fees within a 5 mile radius of Hexham:|
£30 per treatment
I also offer Clinics at Dog Training/Activity Centres for reduced rates if a minimum of 6 Dogs are in attendance. Bowen is great for keeping things supple for Agility
Dogs, it's also a great stress reliever for Dogs with behavioural issues.
|Extra costs to cover travel outside of Hexham as follows:|
1-5 miles outside of Hexham: £5 on top of treatment
|6-10 miles outside of Hexham: £10 on top of treatment|
|11-15 miles outside of Hexham: £15 on top of treatment|
|16-20 miles outside of Hexham: £20 on top of treatment|
***Some Pet insurance companies may cover Complementary Therapies, if you decide to claim on your insurance for this then payment is required first then you will be given a reciept in order to claim back your expenses.
Canine Bowen Technique is not a substitute for proper veterinary care, and should be used in conjunction with orthodox veterinary treatment. It is only available on veterinary referral. Please click the link below to download your referal form to be stamped & signed by your Vet.