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New business at Church Street, Haddington, East Lothian.
30th August 2018
East Lothian Clinical Canine Massage Centre run by Hazel Brewerton.
Hazel is a clinical canine massage therapist and completed 2 years of training, at the Canine Massage Therapy Centre with Natalie Lenton, consisting of in-depth anatomy and physiology as well as practical sessions and case studies before being able to set up in practise.
She Explains; “I help dogs to rehabilitate soft tissue injuries that clients might see as lameness or limping – strains, sprains, trigger points and myofascial pain.
I also support dogs that have orthopaedic conditions such as hip dysplasia or arthritis, as a form of pain management. I work with all kinds of dogs from aging, older dogs to performance dogs such as cani-x sports or agility.
Hazel acknowledges the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and Exemption order 2015 and in doing so, all clients must have veterinary consent before they can be seen by her.
Hazel explains what happens during an appointment:
“I carry out an initial assessment and then on each visit thereafter.
I look into the dogs:
- Gait - at a walk, trot and canter if possible
- Posture - looking at weight bearing and possible coat changes
- Activities of their daily living – ability to go up and down stairs or jump on and off the sofa.
- Behaviour - they may no longer like being touched
- Performance - early onset fatigue during a race or knocking poles during agility.
The massage itself is a clinical therapy using 50 techniques within 4 types of massage;
Swedish, Deep tissue, Sports and the trade marked Lenton method of myofascial release.
Results tend to be seen in 1 to 3 sessions.”
Hazel is a member of the Canine Massage Guild, with the support of a group of around 90 – 100 members across the UK.