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Canine Medical Massage: Techniques and Clinical Applications

by Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, MS, FAAMA; Shelley Sheets, BA, CMT, CAMT

Complement your practice with science-based massage therapy. The only full-length book on canine medical massage, this resource includes detailed techniques and massage sequences for specific anatomic regions.

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$74.95 Nonmember

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The evidence is in: Massage and soft-tissue therapy can help alleviate the pain and stress of hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, epilepsy, and more. And here’s something just as evident: clients are requesting it more and more.

Whether you’re a veterinarian, a veterinary technician, or a massage therapist of humans who is  considering expanding your practice to animals, Canine Medical Massage: Techniques and Clinical Applications provides the science-based training you need for mastery. The only full-length book on canine medical massage, this resource features:

  • Massage treatment techniques for canine patients
  • Sample massage sequences for specific anatomic regions and patient populations, including canine athletes
  • Conditions that benefit from massage, organized by body system
  • An overview of nutritional supplements and other services that complement canine medical massage
  • Instructional videos on a companion website

With this comprehensive text, you will learn assessment and examination models, reinforce your knowledge of treatment techniques, and discover business and self-care tips tailored to canine massage practitioners.
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Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, MS, FAAMA, graduated from Harvard/Radcliffe in 1982, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988, and the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1997 with a doctorate of veterinary medicine and in 2005 with a master’s degree in biomedical sciences. She is the director of the CSU Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine.
Shelley Sheets, BA, CMT, CAMT, has taught massage therapy for Community College of Denver, developed and directed a massage program at Denver Career College, and trained at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine canine medical massage program. She became certified in canine massage through the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, where she currently teaches.

List of Tables and Figures

1. A Survey of the Field
2. Indications and Factors to Consider 
3. Intake, Assessment, and Examination
4. The Negative Impact of Pain and Stress
5. Treatment Techniques
6. Clinical Applications for Specific Anatomic Regions
7. Clinical Applications That Benefit from Massage
8. Clinical Applications for Specific Patient Populations 
9. Adjunctive Approaches to Massage: Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine 
10. Case Studies
11. Additional Considerations 

Appendix: Canine Anatomy Plates

Canine Medical Massage is a definite requirement for those wishing to integrate science-based, hands-on healing into their veterinary practice.”
—C. Sue Furman, PhD, author, Balance Your Dog: Canine Massage and Canine Massage for the Athlete in Every Dog

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