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Leading Universities to Trial the Canine Massage Guild’s Lenton Method®

First Ever Clinical Trials to Take Place on Clinical CanineMassage Therapy


Dog owners may seek out massage therapy for their dogs for a variety of reasons which may include chronic pain management, conditions such as arthritis, or to improve common movement and mobility issues, e.g., lameness, slowing down, and stiffness. Just as with humans, dogs have a complex anatomy and physiology and may have a range of musculo-skeletal issues that only a highly skilled practitioner can locate and treat.  With off-the-shelf online courses readily available and nothing to stop anyone calling themselves a canine massage therapist, what education should you, as a dog owner, look for to ensure that your precious pet or sporting dog is in good hands?

Firstly, Canine Massage Guild therapists have undertaken a rigourous 2 year Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme, delivered by the Canine Massage Therapy Centre and externally accredited with LANTRA, a nationally-recognised awarding body regulated by OFQUAL, SQA, and Qualification Wales. 

Secondly, the Canine Massage Guild is making history when both Sparsholt and Winchester universities conduct the first ever, in-depth clinical trials on the efficacy of clinical canine massage therapy and, specifically, the Lenton Method,  a three-tiered, results-driven approach to the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal problems in dogs.

Founder of the Canine Massage Guild and Canine Therapy Centre, and creator of the Lenton Method, Natalie Lenton comments, “Our goal is for all owners to have access to affordable, effective and ethical clinical canine massage for their dogs, whether they are older and showing signs of ageing, recovering from lameness caused by a muscular injury, or other changes in their activities of daily living. 

Having the Lenton Method selected by these prestigious universities for in-depth clinical trials will give us a scientifically-proven approach that owners can trust and which, we hope, will also raise the bar for the profession as a whole. This ground-breaking study is set to revolutionise the way we think about clinical canine massage therapy for dogs.”

The Lenton Method incorporates a systematic and scientific method of advanced palpation skills to isolate the muscles and fascia for assessment.  It also incorporates BodyMapping, an anatomical site map with specific locations of injuries and issues, and ‘the 7 Protocols’, a unique set of direct myofascial release techniques that rehabiliate musculoskeletal injuries and provide chronic pain management for orthopaedic conditions such as arthritis and hip dysplasia. Prior to its application, Guild therapists prepare the tissue by using a selection of other techniques from the 4 disciplines of  Swedish, sports, deep tissue and myofascial release massage.

University Centre Sparsholt is one of the UK’s leading providers of undergraduate courses for the land and environment. It has strong links with The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as well as a large number of RCVS Approved Training Veterinary Practices in the south of England.   Winchester University’s  Centre for Animal Welfare is an interdisciplinary centre that undertakes research, teaching and public engagement in the field of animal welfare.  In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) 82 percent of its submitted research was considered to be recognised internationally, with seven out of eight units of assessment achieving world-leading quality.

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