You’ve no doubt heard of ‘knots’ in the muscle – those tough, fibrous bands that are excruciatingly painful when pressed and often send a tingling, numbness or throbbing sensation to other parts of the body. These are ‘Trigger Points’ and occur when a muscle is overused, or used in a way it wasn’t intended for. So if you have an injury, your body will overcompensate in order to protect the damaged area, resulting in different muscles having to take on the extra workload. This is why a good massage therapist never just works on the injured area. Exactly the same happens with your dog – trigger points can make your dog seem slower, unable to do things that where once easy, and getting tired more easily. These areas can be released, and with some changes to your dog’s activities of daily living, encouraged to stay away! Contact me if you would like further information or to discuss your dog’s specific issues.


My name is Helen Clarke, and I am a qualified Canine Massage Therapist. I run clinics at Sandbourne House, Baughton, Worcestershire; Blackwardine Kennels, Leominster, Herefordshire and Hereford Canine Hydrocare, Hampton Bishop, Herefordshire. Canine Massage Therapy is about treating and meeting the needs of individual dogs, regardless of whether they are athletes or not. It is a results driven therapy - results that you can see and your dog can feel!!