Canine Massage for Arthritis, Hip Dysplasia and other conditions

Canine Massage Therapy can benefit dogs with arthritis and dogs with hip dysplasia. It can also support many other orthopaedic conditions including elbow dysplasia and spondylosis and soft tissue injuries.

Dogs with conditions like these may not use their body normally to avoid pain or discomfort in the affected joint(s). This can cause muscular issues in the affected joints but also in other joints which are taking the strain instead. This sort of over compensation leads to tight muscles, trigger points and pain. It also makes muscles more vulnerable to further injury.


Indicators of pain or discomfort

Dogs can be very good at hiding pain. If they are experiencing pain or discomfort, your dog may:

  • Have intermittent lameness.
  • Have adopted a different gait or posture, for example you might notice they hunch their back, or they skip sometimes.
  • Refuse or have difficulty completing normal activities. For example, getting in or out of the car, using stairs or furniture.
  • Be stiff and ‘creaky’ on rising from sleep or resting.
  • Have ‘twitchy’ areas of skin.
  • Growl or snap when touched in certain areas.
  • Seem generally uncomfortable and struggle to settle.
  • Slow down, either suddenly in the case of acute injury or over a period of time when symptoms are gradually affecting them more.
  • Cry out, or grunt, on rising or undertaking uncomfortable movements.
  • Disinterested in going for walks or getting noticeably tired earlier on a walk than usual.
  • Be grumpy or subdued, less sociable or stop playing.
  • Less willing to be petted, groomed or handled.
  • Showing increased signs of anxiety around other dogs or people.
  • If your dog is a working or sporting dog, you may notice they are not performing as you might expect. Or they are reluctant to perform certain activities of your work or sport. For example, knocking poles in agility or not completing the send away in obedience.


Specific conditions which canine massage can help with include:

  • Orthopaedic conditions including:
  • Soft tissue
    • strains
    • sprains
    • hypertonicity
    • myofascial pain
    • trigger points
    • protective muscle splinting.
  • Recovery from an operation or fracture, for example TPLO surgery following cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injury.
  • Other conditions including:
    • ageing
    • CDRM
    • nerves and anxiety


The Canine Massage Therapy Centre also has more details of how dogs with these conditions be helped by canine massage therapy:

Contact me for more information

Any questions? Want to book an appointment for canine massage for your dog?

Interested in finding out whether massage can help your dog?

Cocker spaniel dog after a canine massage session

We were introduced to Emma and Canine Massage Therapy when our young working cocker spaniel was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. He was already being treated with hydrotherapy and we have found that the massage therapy has really helped keeping him mobile, and therefore enjoying a great quality of life still. Emma has been absolutely brilliant, she has a very soothing approach – really connecting and understanding what works best for Joe. She is also very Intuitive which meant that she was able to gain Joe’s trust very quickly, he is always so excited to see her.

We consider ourselves very lucky to have crossed paths with Emma – I would have no hesitation in recommending both Emma and the massage therapy services she provides.

23 February 2020

Sue Brown and Joe

Benefits of Canine Massage for your dog

After veterinary consent is obtained, I will normally see your dog for up to three sessions of Canine Massage Therapy, preferably over three weeks.

Assessment of your dog and then treatment with canine massage therapy can result in a number of improvements that your dog will feel and that you can see in your dog. These include:

  • Significantly reduced levels of pain and discomfort.
  • Improved mobility.
  • Increased willingness to exercise and complete normal daily activities such as going up and down stairs.
  • Reduced stiffness.
  • Improved quality of life.
  • A happier, more sociable, dog.
  • Improved posture and gait.
  • Increased sporting performance.

Canine Massage Therapy is not a substitute for veterinary care. In compliance with the Veterinary Act 1966 and Exemptions Order 2015, I can only work with you and your dog after veterinary consent has been obtained.

Because your vet has a duty of care to your dog, if they have not seen your dog recently, or have not seen them for the issue you are concerned about, they will probably want to see your dog before giving consent which may incur a consultation or other fee.

Download a vet consent form

After downloading the vet consent form, you will need to fill in the top third with your details and your dog’s details. Your vet then needs to complete the bottom part of the form. I cannot massage your dog without a fully completed form signed by you and your vet.


Covering Hampshire

I am based in Whiteley, Hampshire.

I offer Home visits, where I travel to you. The main area covered is Southampton, Portsmouth, Fareham, Bishops Waltham and Waterlooville and all areas in between.

Visits over 10 miles from Whiteley are very limited in availability and will incur additional charges. These will be discussed when booking.

Flexible appointment locations

Because dogs are often more comfortable with familiar surroundings, I offer canine massage therapy in Hampshire with home visits where I can come to you.


Payment is by debit or credit card, or bank transfer (on the day of treatment please).

Cash can also be accepted, but I do not take cheques.


Appointment times

» Mondays 6pm – 9pm

» Tuesdays 6pm – 9pm

» Thursdays 6pm – 9pm

» Fridays 6pm – 9pm

Weekend appointments are also offered, but are very limited in number.