THE SERVICES

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Body Adjustments


The type of body adjustment we use is called Animal Neuro-myofascial Release or ANMR for short.

How it works:
Areas of segmental joint dysfunction are found through a combination of static and motion palpation and utilising the animal adjusting tool. When a dog has an area of dysfunction, they will elicit an involuntary pathological reflex (an involuntary muscle contraction) when an impulse is administered into the correlated vertebral level.

The animal adjusting tool works well in providing an impulse to the joint segment. This reflex, which is elicited by the common recurrent meningeal nerve, indicates an area of neurological and myofascial dysfunction. When the area of dysfunction is released, this reflex will decrease or disappear.This technique that addresses both the neurologic and soft tissue components associated with joint misalignments. This technique uses instrument (extremely safe and comfortable) body adjustments, laser meridian therapy, soft tissue release and stretches. Both dogs and cats can benefit greatly from this technique.

Some noise sensitive/very dogs may not be accepting of this treatment but can be counter-conditioned over time.

Our clients are happy with the results we can achieve for their dogs using this unique technique and it is one of our primary therapies.

This technique can help dogs with: lameness; arthritis, intervertebral disc disease, hip dysplasia, knee ligament tears/injuries, hind end weakness, muscle spasms, trouble getting up and downtrouble going up and down stairs& decreased agility.

If you have a nervious dog you will need to book a 1 hour session so we can give them breaks or use alternative therapies if they are not able to cope with the Activator.




Thermal Heat Therapy


Far Infrared Onnetssu Heat Therapy:
After over 30 years research Japanese scientists developed a technology that can create and reproduce Far-Infrared devices that are now used for medical and health purposes. The use of FIR is very advanced and widespread in Japan where it is considered as one of the most significant medical developments of the 21st century. Far-Infrared is a wave length of sunlight (5-25 microns) – a tiny part of the vast spectrum of the sun’s infrared ray (0.75 – 1000 microns). It was first confirmed by NASA that among the rays of the sun. FIR is most essential and beneficial for life and growth of all living things on this planet. It is indispensable for any life form to exist.
During Far Infrared Onnetsu Heat Therapy, an Onnetsu practitioner searches for those cold parts deep inside of the body by moving Onnetsuki over the body. The Onnetsu practitioner applies the Far Infrared until it reaches the bone, and warms up.

  • Well suited to dogs with muscle & joint pain.
  • Revives the function of Autonomic Nervous System by balancing the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nerves, promotes circulations of blood, hormone and other body fluids.
  • Enhances the quality of white cells and raises one’s immune system.
  • Has a high penetration power, deep beyond skin & dermis.
  • Activates cellular function through resonance of the body cells.
  • Increases blood oxygen to damaged tissues.
  • Promotes faster healing.
  • Improves lymph circulation to assist in removing accumulated toxins.
  • Treats sprains, bruises, arthritis and muscle pain.
  • Decreases joint stiffness.
  • Relieves muscle spasms.
Clinical Trials / medical information
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Japanese Trial showed improvement in all cases.
  • Raynaud's Syndrome responded significantly in pain & discomfort.
  • Improve wound healing significantly.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome showing a 70% improvement rate in 600 patient trial.

Treatment
During a treatment the spine is treated first as part of the foundation treatment, from there we either focus on problem areas and/or use its temperature function / animals feedback to find problem spots that appear as lower temperatures.




Soft Tissue Therapy


Canine Myofunctional Therapy (CMT) is the application of a range of massage techniques to the muscles and soft and connective tissues, to promote or restore biomechanical functioning and range of movement. During a CMT session, a dog’s gait is analysed to check for any movement deviations and if so what muscles are responsible for/involved in said deviation. A hands-on assessment follows to confirm the observations made in the gait analysis and to assess any further muscular deviations or other potential red flags to raise with the dog’s carer. After these two assessment stages are conducted, a hands-on muscle massage/manipulation treatment is commenced to bring the muscular system and body in its entirety back into balance. CMT includes techniques such as effleurage (gliding, preparatory stroke), petrissage (kneading, compressions, muscle squeezing, muscle wringing & skin rolling), tapotements (clapping, cupping), trigger point release (frictions, rotations, thumb rotations) and gentle stretching to the muscles and soft tissues as well as passive joint extensions and flexion. The final stage is a post-treatment gait analysis to see what improvements have occurred and what future treatments may be necessary. As a CMT treatment has a flow-on effect throughout the body from lubricating the fascia to assisting with digestion, the following month after the treatment will see many changes occur internally, and therefore a follow-up is delayed until at least one month after the initial treatment unless there are deviation/s that require weekly ongoing sessions in the early stages of rehabilitation.
Benefits of Myofunctional Therapy for all dogs:

  • Strengthens muscle and tendon integrity
  • Increases flexibility of the musculoskeletal system
  • Achieves structural balance
  • Improves blood circulation for healthy muscle and bone
  • Lengthens connective tissue for efficient muscle performance
  • Stimulates lymphatic drainage to promote healthy joints
  • Improves nutrient supply for healthy organs
  • Increases muscle flexibility to prevent injury
  • Improves range of movement and body balance
  • Reduces muscle tension and fatigue
What you can expect: Most owners will notice an improvement from the first session, this is typically seen in the post session movement evaluation and will continue over the following week. Some dogs depending on their challenges and treatments may be a little sore the following day. If you have a performance dog we recommend that you do not have a session with 2 days of your competition. Most dogs however, typically relax, enjoy a deeper sleep and are have better range of movement the following day. Dogs who are seeing us due to muscle strains, soreness and gait problems will typically need 3-4 sessions spaced at least 1 week apart. It is very independent depending on the dogs recovery.

There are some conditions that cannot be corrected but can be managed with some success, if your dog falls into this situation, we will discuss this with you in further detail. Maintenance sessions for dogs without issues or minor challenges are recommended to occur every 4 weeks. Dogs with structural faults that cause the body create compensation points will need regular treatments to keep the muscles in good condition. Dogs with structural faults that cause the body create compensation points will need regular treatments to keep the muscles in good condition.




Laser Therapy


Low-Level Laser Therapy is a form of phototherapy or light therapy. This involves the application of low power light (red and near-infrared light) to injuries or wounds to improve soft tissue healing and relieve both acute and chronic pain. It is also known as cold laser, soft laser or low-intensity laser. Low-level laser therapy aims to biostimulate. Because of the low power nature of low-level laser therapy the effects are biochemical and not thermal and cannot cause heating and thereby damage to living tissue. The therapy is precise and accurate; and offers safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions. We use a Class 3B Spectra Laser that does not damage tissue.
Three effects are widely accepted in the literature:

  • Reduction of Inflamation
  • Analgesia
  • Antibacterial/Antiviral

How does it work? Low-level lasers supply energy to the body in the form of non-thermal photons of light. Light is transmitted through the skin's layers (the dermis, epidermis and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin) at all wavelengths in the visible range. However, light waves in the near infrared ranges like the cold laser, penetrate the deepest of all light waves in the visible spectrum. When low-level laser light waves penetrate deeply into the skin, they optimise the immune responses of our blood. This has both anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects. It is a scientific fact that light transmitted to the blood in this way has positive effective throughout the whole body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every cell.
What Is Low Level Laser Light? Low-level laser light is compressed light of a wavelength from the cold, red part of the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation. It is different from natural light in that it is one precise color; it is coherent (it travels in a straight line), monochromatic (a single wavelength) and polarised (it concentrates its beam in a defined location or spot). These properties allow laser light to penetrate the surface of the skin with no heating effect, no damage to the skin and no known side effects. Rather, laser light directs biostimulative light energy to the body's cells which the cells then convert into chemical energy to promote natural healing and pain relief. It is not harmful. How long does a session last? Treatment times vary based upon the size of the area to be treated, and the output power of the laser. Most treatments take 5-10 minutes. When shouldn't it be used? Generally, cold lasers for any use (human or animal) should not be used on women who are pregnant and on or near the thyroid or individuals with thyroid conditions. Cold laser therapy should not be used on cancerous lesions.
What does it do? For decades, researchers knew of the healing benefits of everyday, non-coherent light such as sunlight. In small doses, sunlight helps heal skin lesions. Of course, if you overexpose yourself to the sun your skin will burn. What if there was a way of safely getting light to deeper tissues? Wouldn’t it help heal those tissues? That is the purpose of cold laser therapy. The coherent, concentrated light emitted from the Vetrolaser’s three infrared diodes safely penetrates up to 2 inches below the skin to help stimulate cellular activity to promote rapid deep tissue healing. This also explains why you shouldn’t use cold laser therapy over cancerous lesions; it also speeds up those cells. Wound healing is greatly improved by cold laser therapy. This includes even non-healing wounds like Proud Flesh in horses. This is probably due to the increased level of collagen brought about by cold laser treatment. Connective tissue is primarily composed of collagen which is thought to be the most important component in wound healing.
An increase in circulation by widening of the blood vessels. This is important. When you’re treating a stubborn wound, for example, one of the first signs of healing is vascularization of the area—meaning you’ll see tiny blood vessel formation. Once you see this, the healing process is well under way.
Decreased swelling/oedema due to lymphatic drainage.

Coherent laser light stimulates the production of body’s own natural pain-relieving chemicals such as increased endorphin and enkephalin production.
Cold laser therapy is considered safe with very few contraindications. You should never look directly at the laser light and for reasons that are not clear, you should avoid using cold laser therapy on animals who are pregnant. Also, avoid using cold laser therapy on cancerous lesions.




Rocktaping for Pain & Support


Rocktape is a kinesiology tape that has a unique adhesive perfect for all canine sports. It is being used more regularly by innovative equine & canine practitioners, trainers and coaches. We have trained with Rocktape in America & Australia and instruct Canine fundamental courses for Rocktape Australia.

First used by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan, today kinesiology tape is used by practitioners throughout the world to treat injuries and improve sports performance. Unlike traditional rigid tape which utilises compression and immobilisation in treatment, Rocktape Equine activates the nervous and circulatory systems to initiate healing and is used to assist in the treatment of: Injured muscles – Rocktape Equine is applied along the length of the injured muscle and as the elastic tape recoils it lifts the skin from the tissue below.

This has an effect of: reducing the sensation of pain, promoting circulation assisting in the reduction of any swelling or bruising and enhancing the blood flow to the injured muscle.
Biomechanical dysfunction – Rocktape Equine provides support or stability without restricting the range of motion.
Postural dysfunction – Rocktape Equine improves the proprioceptive feedback to the area which assists in the retraining of the muscles that maintain the correct posture. Rocktape Equine can be used as either a sole or an adjunctive treatment in equine canine range of motion and muscle function, and maintain a level of functionality and comfort for the dog throughout the rehabilitation process. It can also be used to assist the canine to maintain functionality and comfort in training and assist with recovery, thus facilitating overall soundness in the canine athlete. Key Symptoms that Rocktape Equine may assist:

  • Muscle Strains or Tear
  • Muscle Stiffness
  • Post Acupuncture / Body Work Inflammation
  • Prolong the Effects of Myofacial Release
  • Tendonitis, Tendonopathy or Desmitis
  • Rehabilitation, Management and/or Prevention of Movement Dysfunctions
  • Pain
Decompression To help alleviate pain, we will use a decompression strip. The concept behind decompression is simple. If an area is experiencing pain, local nociceptors (pain fibres) are irritated by fluid congestion and/or inflammation. Applying decompression helps drain fluid and reduces the congestion in the area, thereby reducing nociceptor firing (down regulating nociception/pain).




Therapeutic Ultrasound


Therapeutic ultrasound is a physiotherapy technique that aims to speed up the healing of damaged muscles, tendons, or ligaments by reducing inflammation and the amount of scar tissue laid down.

Therapeutic ultrasound is a very high frequency sound wave that when applied to tissue via a probe head, causes the molecules in its path to vibrate at a microscopic level. This has various beneficial effects including increasing the blood circulation to the area (which brings in healing cells and helps disperse natural toxins), decreases swelling, and speeds the rate of healing.
Frequency of treatment is 1-2x a week. The total treatment time is 5-10 minutes depending on the size of the area.




TENS Acupuncture


TENS is a method of electrical stimulation which primarily aims to provide a degree of symptomatic pain relief by exciting sensory nerves and thereby stimulating either the pain gate mechanism and/or the opioid system.
TENS as a treatment technique is non invasive and generally well tolerated by dogs.

We use a TENS pen as shown, this device measures skin resistance and alerts when an acu-point requires to be stimulated.

Stimulation is a micro-current, however if a trigger point is located, the muscle can visually contract.




Thermal Imaging


We use a FLIR E8 to look at thermal patterns on our clients.

What we are looking for is asymmetry, hot or cold spots that shouldn't be in that location. Thermal imaging can help us see at a glance if the dog is under or over using muscle groups and we also use this technlogy to help us pinpoint laser treatments.




Rockblades - IASTM


The tools may be hard-edged, but the techniques don’t need to be aggressive to deliver superior outcomes - dogs often really enjoy being treated with the blades.

IASTM improves skin/fascial/nerve gliding and neuro-sensory pain modulation via Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization.

The Rockblade may look like a Ninja tool but it's gentle in our hands.




Conditioning - Canine Fitness


Canine Conditioning in healthy, uninjured dog's is similar to a human going to the gym, the aim is to be fitter, trimmer, more balanced with improved mobility & performance sd well as being healthier leading to a longer life. What dogs can / should do conditioning programs?
All healthy & uninjured dogs no matter what age can participate in canine conditioning on a level that is appropriate for their age and activity level. Why should a non-athlete do canine conditioning?
The same reason a non-athlete human would go to the gym - the health benefits are plenty. Build long lean muscle, reduce weight, improve flexibility, improve organ health, improve confidence. Dogs who move better, live longer.

Relationship & Confidence Building
One of the great side effects of conditioning is building upon the relationship between dog and handler as well increasing confidence in the dog. We get massive kicks out of seeing this happen in our classes and workshops!
Conditioning programs
We will give you the tools to put together your own programs. We don't do it for you because we feel it's important you know how to do it yourself and choose exercises that you like so you will stay with a program.

What are the benefits for dogs in different diciplines?
All dogs will improve balance, strength & endurance as well as build upon their relationship with their handler & gain confidence.

Show dogs
Improved body awareness that leads to more solid stacks, improved free stacking, improved movement - both side gait as well as coming and going.

Obedience dogs
Improved endurance, improved figure 8's, tighter sits, drops etc. more comfortable and balanced stays and stand for exams.

Agility/Flyball dogs
Improved endurance, improved flexibility, faster course times, fewer bar knocks, tight turns, safer contacts & fewer injuries.

Dock Dogs
Improved endurance, faster and more powerful take offs & longer jumps with fewer injuries.

Earth Dogs
Improved endurance, improved flexibility, improved rear end awareness & improved strength.

Lure Coursing Dogs
Improved endurance, stronger & faster and more flexible with fewer injuries.

Gun Dogs
Improved endurance, stronger & faster with fewer injuries.

How long will it take?
Just like going to the gym, there is no magic wand in lieu of hard work, results will start to appear within a couple of weeks of training every 2nd day, however best results are seen over a period of 4 months.

If you're not prepared to give conditioning the time commitment it needs then you would be better to invest your money and time in another activity.

What are the limitations?
Conditioning cannot change your dog's physical structure, however, in saying this, all dogs have structural weaknesses and conditioning can help strengthen these.

What equipment do I need?
You are able to start with no equipment plus using items in your environment. We do recommend a Balance Disc to start with. As time goes on, you may like to invest in other pieces of equipment.

How do I get started?
First, you will need to complete a foundations program before advancing to equipment or seeing us learn other pieces of equipment or participate in conditioning sessions with us, we recommend Foundation K9Fitness which is an online 2-week course for $59.00 USD. A foundation course will take you and your dog through the basics of learning how to move their body and engage their core. This course is done with or without equipment. You can purchase a Balance disc and Fitbone/s if you wish but it is not absolutely necessary.




Nutrition


Nutrition has long been a passion of ours, with continued study over the last decade through various institutes we help clients work through the confusion of transitioning their dogs to a natural fresh food diet as well as help them understand what to look for in commercial diets.

We do not consult on medical nutrition, if you require a nuitritional plan for a medical condition please consult with Dr Ian Billinghurst.

To make an appointment please email info@balanced-canine.com




Qualifications & Current Studies


Musculoskeletal

  • Canine Kinesiology Taping Practitioner
  • Equine Rocktaping
  • Canine Rocktaping
  • Animal Neuro-myofascial Release Therapist (Adjustments)
  • Canine Myofunctional Therapy
  • Canine Massage Therapy
  • Emmetts Therapy (Certs 1-4.)
  • Veterinary Thermal Imaging
  • Instrument Assisted Neuro Sensory Modulation
Canine Fitness
  • Diploma in Canine Fitness- CASI
  • K9Fit Core Instructor - K9Fit
  • Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT) - University of Tennessee (ENR)
Nutrition Diploma in Canine Nutrition Companion Animal Sciences Institute Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist DN University Certificate in Companion Pet Nutrition (ENR) National College of Traditional Medicine Certificate in Animal Nutrition Holistic Animal Therapy Organisation




Request a Workshop in your City


We reguarily run workshops on combined topics of nutrition, structure & conditioning which is tailored to the audience.

Our day rate is $500.00 + expenses such as flights & accomodation.

Conditioning workshops outside of Sydney will need to provide suffcient conditioning equipment to be used.





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