Therapeutic massage service by Running Free Animal Physiotherapy benefits all ages of animals with both orthopaedic and neurological conditions. Combining knowledge of  anatomy and physiology enables out therapist to identify problem areas and use massage to alleviate symptoms.

Massage Therapy 

Massage Therapy.......

Many conditions benefit from massage including;

  • Arthritis

  • Osteochondritis

  • Muscle strain or tears

  • Hip or elbow dysplasia

  • Spondylosis

  • luxating patella

  • CDRM

Massage has both physiological and psychological benefits which are well known in human patients, these effects can also benefit animals. Massage affects many of the biological systems in the body. The stroking and kneading actions can cause tonal changes in the muscle, reducing spasm and increasing pliability. The nerves in the muscles are also stimulated, altering pain perception, leading to pain relief. The pushing and squeezing effect on the muscles increases blood flow to the tissue and pushes toxins from the muscles into the lymphatic system. 

Some of the effects of massage

  • Reduces muscle spam

  • Increases joint range of motion

  • Promotes pain relief

  • Improves weight bearing

  • Improves movement

  • Reduces stiffness

  • Reduces Stress and anxiety


Massage achieves these effects by 


  • Improving blood flow

  • Improving toxin removal via the lymphatic system

  • Breaking down soft tissue adhesions

  • Improving scar tissue flexibility

  • Reduction of stress hormones and increased release of endorphins the body's own feel good factors.

Massage can be performed on animals of all ages, and can be used as part of a treatment regime for treating orthopaedic and neurological conditions.  It can also be used to help prevent injury and so is ideal for performance or sports dogs.

Our physiotherapist is legally bound to obtain permission from your vet in order to perform any therapy, but don't worry we can do this for you all we need is your veterinary surgeon's details.

Please note that our physiotherapist is not qualified to diagnose and we aim to work in conjunction with your vet, so if you think your animal has an injury you must seek medical advice first.