Canine Bowen


This Canine Bowen Therapy is given using fingers and thumbs on precise points on the dog’s body, it consists of using gentle rolling movements over soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and skin). The move is not a flick, pinch nor does it apply excessive pressure, it is done slowly and with very gently. Time is given between the gentle moves to allow the dogs body to fully assimilate the moves and allow the body to start its important processing, healing and re-balancing.

Although a typical consultation will last up to about an hour, time is spent observing and also gaining valuable information regarding the dogs lifestyle and what a day looks like for them and their owners. This time also allows your dog can get accustomed too and relaxed with the therapist, the actual hands-on part of the session will usually last no more than about 20 minutes.

Over the following 3-4 days the dog may experience reactions as its body continues to assimilate the effects of the Canine Bowen Technique moves and realigns/rebalances itself. This healing process continues for about 7 days until treatment is continued. The average number of treatments required to obtain a noticeable change is one or two.

It's the Law

The  Canine Bowen Technique is regarded as a manipulative therapy covered by the Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 1962 of the 1966 Veterinary Surgeons Act, allowing qualified practitioners to work on the animal, on referral from the dog's veterinarian.

Canine Therapists Conduct

As Canine Bowen Technique Therapist's,

  • We do not make promises.

  • We do not  prescribe medication or alter any medication already prescribed

  • We do not diagnose, for any dog, neither do we ever force any treatment on the Dogs,  this will only serve to make the dog less receptive and will be counter-productive to the outcome

  • Canine Bowen Technique is recognising and respecting when the dog indicates it has received what it needs.

Use of Canine Bowen Technique

Below are the common conditions which are often presented at Canine Bowen Technique sessions:-

Ø Chronic conditions and helping to improve the dog’s quality of life

Acute injury e.g. sprains and strains

Ø Rescue/re-homed dogs - relaxation of tension caused by earlier stress and trauma

Ø Pre- and post-operative surgery - assisting recovery times

Ø Fear-based anxiety - such as fireworks and thunderstorms

Ø Allergies and skin conditions

Ø Arthritis and muscular stiffness

Ø Back problems

Ø Lameness and other gait problems

Ø  Recurrent ear problems

  Veterinary Referral

Canine Bowen Technique is not a substitute for veterinary care and should be used in conjunction with orthodox veterinary treatment.

Canine Bowen Therapy is only available with an up to date and relevent veterinary referral.

Please click on the link for your referral form

Important Aftercare

As a Canine Bowen Technique therapists I do give post-session advice, this will include how your dog will need to be looked after over the following few days. If the owner is unwilling to abide by these instructions then the effect of the session could well be wasted and the dog may not get the full benefit of their treatment.

For instance, after a Canine Bowen Technique session, most dogs will probably feel tired and want to go off somewhere quiet and have a nap, they may also drink more water and not eat as much food.

So be prepared to listen to and accept the advice of the therapist,  as your dog will thank you for it.

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