I will usually come to your home to see your dog. This ensures they are in a relaxed and familiar environment without the stress of a new place as well as a new person.
Generally, unless the problem is very obvious (or they are very recently post-surgery) I will ask to see them walking up and down on or off a lead, and sometimes running too, if they are able. This allows me to judge spinal movement and how the limbs are functioning.
The treatment itself consists of gentle movements of the joints to encourage their full range of normal movement and enable the attached soft tissues (muscle, tendon, ligament) to lengthen and contract to their full potential. This allows the body’s normal physiology to function at its full potential and reduces abnormal movement patterns caused by pain and muscle guarding.
At no point should your dog be in any discomfort, and I always treat in a position that allows them to move away if they wish. Most dogs are very content during their sessions and are quite happy to relax and enjoy it. If for any reason your dog would not allow me to perform treatment then I obviously would not charge for the visit.
Following treatment it is not unusual for your dog to be a bit quiet for 24-48 hours as their body adapts to the subtle changes. Following this period though you should notice them moving more freely and with greater energy than before.
Most problems will only require between one and three visits. Some older dogs, breeds prone to hip problems, or dogs involved in high levels of activity such as competitive agility or trials, may benefit from regular maintenance sessions; every 1-6 months (depending on breed and intensity of work) to keep joints functioning and prevent stiffness from developing.