Here are some tips on how you can help care for Joints on a daily basis.
Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate)
People are often amazed at how good an epsom salt bath soak or compress feels. I am amazed that people don’t also do this for their dogs especially after a long hike, agility or other sports training session.
Here’s what to do:
To 1 x clam shell add 1-3 inches of water.
Add 1 x tablespoon Epsom salts for soaking in.
Even if the dog is standing in the clam bath with water level up to carpus height this will be of great benefit.
Epsom Salt Compress
Add 1 teaspoon of Epsom Salts to
to 1/2 cup of room temperature water
Soak a tea towel for 30 seconds then wrap around the joint for as long as tolerated ie: 10-60 seconds.
Arnica and Rosehip Oil
I prefer to use oils instead of products that may contain additives such as magnesium stearate or stearic acid.
Arnica oil is well known to be used to help with bruising and swelling. It helps to improve tissue circulation especially for use post trauma or exercise.
Rosehip oil is useful in helping improve/support vascular integrity and in decreasing inflammatory response due to its high vitamin c content. It is used primarily for tissue/wound healing.
Place 4 x drops of arnica and Rosehip oil in the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together and apply around joint or to a healed wound site.
As many of you would know from the workshops that I run or from consults, I talk often about the absolute importance in maintaining both passive and active warmups. Adjusting each to suit environmental conditions and individual needs.