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Clinical Canine Massage Therapy

For results you can see and your dog can feel.


Hello and welcome to On Point Clinical Canine Massage. My name is Emma Young and I am a registered Veterinary Nurse. I have been qualified now for 20 years and for the past 14 years I have been working at an orthopaedic referral practice in SW London. Animals are my passion and Veterinary Nursing is a career that I am proud to be a part of. I have always had a special interest in canine nutrition and behaviour alongside conventional veterinary medicine. In practice I have considered and explored the varied physiotherapies available (hydrotherapy and physiotherapy) and their application in supporting and enhancing conventional medicine and treatment plans. It has been since working with an orthopaedic surgeon that my desire to assist my patients beyond the operating theatre I have found fantastic results through clinical canine massage. The positive changes in my patients is hugely satisfying.

Clinical canine massage is the identification and isolation of injured and malfunctioning muscle within the body. My job is to directly address any issues by assisting the remodelling and rehabilitation of soft tissue and muscle to maintain flexibility alongside strength and repair. I will work on optimising range of motion of limbs and normalise muscular activity. Clinical massage will release fascial restrictions, address muscular splinting and overcompensation. This therapy works well in supporting common orthopaedic conditions such as arthritis. Treatment provides the patient with pain relief promotion of relaxation and can improve sporting performance of working and agility dogs.

Give me 3 sessions with your dog for optimal results to achieve visible improvements to their activities of daily living with greater mobility, exercise tolerance and performance and general well being.

Your dog does not need to have had an operation or be in chronic pain with a lifelong debilitating condition. I also work with competing dogs to enhance their performance and stamina, assisting the training regimes in facilitating and maintaining optimal muscular function.

Why Massage

Massage is the therapeutic manipulation of soft tissues through the use of fingers and hands to stimulate or relax on a cellular and neurological level. Myofascial release with Effleurage, Petrissage, Kneading and Tapotements of muscle, tendon and other soft tissue promotes healing and rehabilitation, whilst also improving emotional wellbeing for the dog. All breeds and ages of dogs can benefit from canine massage.

Clinical Canine Massage can assist with the following:

  • Lameness
  • Difficulty going up / down stairs
  • Slowing down
  • Sporting performance
  • Knocking Poles / Weave entry problems
  • Limping
  • Chronic orthopaedic conditions
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Changes in Gait & Posture
  • Nervous / Anxious
  • Changes in self grooming
  • Loss of ‘sparkle’
  • Dislike of being groomed
  • Post-operative healing and convalescence


As an owner, you may see that your dog can sleep more soundly, isn’t pacing as frequently, can walk and exercise with greater energy and enthusiasm, accept grooming comfortably and ‘bounce back’ from surgery more readily. Owners of working and competing dogs may see an improvement in stamina and performance.

Other benefits include:

  • Help with long term chronic conditions both skeletal and muscular
  • Enhance sporting performance
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion
  • Improve lameness and gait irregularities
  • Improve circulation
  • Reduce inhibiting scar tissue
  • Provide pain relief
  • Decrease malaise and fatigue
  • Improve quality of life, especially age related disorders.


I will only work under the consent of a Veterinary Surgeon and require a signed consent form prior to treatment. Clinical canine massage although holistic and beneficial can be contraindicated in certain instances such as:

  • Cancer
  • Fractures
  • Pregnancy
  • Open wounds
  • Fever
  • Unmanaged Epilepsy
  • Shock
  • Mange
  • Ringworm
  • Vomiting / Diarrhoea
  • 78 Wickham Avenue
    Cheam, Sutton
    SM3 8DX