Physical Therapy and Massage for the Dog

Physical Therapy and Massage for the Dog PDF

By Julia Robertson and Andy Mead

Physical Therapy and Massage for the Dog PDF. Interest in canine massage and physical therapy has grown as greater emphasis is placed on the general fitness and agility of dogs, as pets and as sporting animals.

In this book the authors are concerned with the prevention, management and treatment of movement and allied disorders. It encompasses detailed assessments, treatment programmes that involve hands-on therapy along with dynamic remedial and strengthening techniques using exercise plans.

Following succinct discussion of the relevant canine anatomy and physiology, the authors provide chapters on each of the key topics: movement and muscles; exercise; preparation for sports performance; rehabilitation techniques; massage and physical therapy; and common relevant pathologies affecting dogs.

Physical Therapy and Massage for he Dog is of interest to all those involved in canine welfare including veterinary practitioners, veterinary students, therapists, dog owners and dog trainers.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Physical Therapy and Massage, Julia Robertson and Andy Mead
A brief History of Massage
Current practice

Anatomy and Physiology
Julia Robertson and Andy Mead
Skeletal System
Muscular System
Nervous System
Other Systems
Comparative Human and Canine Anatomy

How a Dog Moves
Julia Robertson
Muscle placement and action
Initiation of movement
Development of the puppy

Exercise and Activity Preparation, Julia Robertson and Meg Robertson
Exercise and Conditioning
Performance Areas and Their Stresses
Warming Up and Warming Down
Warm-Up and Warm-Down for the Handler

Rehabilitation Techniques, 
Julia Robertson
Passive movement

Massage in Physical Therapy, Julia Robertson
Introduction to Massage
Massage Methodology
Massage Application
Massage Techniques
Assessment of the Dog
Contraindications for Canine Massage

Common Diseases and Pathologies, 
Andy Mead and Julia Robertson

Investigation of Canine Lameness
Common Joint Diseases Causing Lameness
Disorders of Muscles and Tendons
Spinal Disease
Peripheral Neurological Disease
Glossary of Terms
Further Reading
Appendix – The Muscles of the Dog – Their Placement and Actions

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