CCMRT® (Canine and Cat Muscle Release Therapy)

How did CCMRT® originate?

CCMRT® was introduced in 1997 by Ali Goward and became the official Bowen on small animals in 2001 with accreditation by the Bowen Therapy Association of Australia (BTAA).  Ali is a senior human Bowtech® bowen therapy instructor, director of Equine Muscle Release Therapy Pty Ltd and principal of the Equus College of Learning and research.  Ali developed the original official Bowtech® bowen therapy on Equines - EMRTTM.

Equine muscle release therapy (EMRT) is the only Bowen therapy on horses recognised by the Bowen Academy of Australia.  EMRT® was developed by Alison Goward in 1990 derived from the original Bowen technique practiced by the late Tom Bowen.

Ali’s education includes a Diploma in body therapies, she is a human Bowtech® Senior bowen therapy teacher,and has principal status with the Queensland Swedish Massage Institute.  Ali also has a background in school teaching, equine and small animal veterinary nursing and writing, researching and lecturing body therapies for the Government-accredited Queensland Institute of Natural Science Australia

CCMRT® has been developed from an understanding that dogs/cats bodies, like our own, are often subjected to stresses and strains that unattended will eventually lead to breakdown somewhere in the body.  The breakdown may be ; Physical – i.e. a muscle spasm in the back due to the body compensating for a structural problem, Emotional-  nervous system breakdown due to an over acidic system as a result of diet leading to fear, anxiety or an ill mannered dog/cat.   CCMRT® treatments are designed to bring the body back into balance, facilitating healing and general well being.

What is CCMRT®?

CCMRT® is a very gentle dynamic technique which signals the brain/nervous system to initiate the healing process.  It works along the nerve pathways and superficial and deep fascia in the body, which in turn triggers the release of muscle spasm, thereby providing pain relief and healing. Performing an CCMRT® treatment is like turning on a light bulb, the switch to turn on the light bulb (muscle spasm) is often a distance from the actual light bulb (CCMRT® move), the information travels from the switch to the light bulb via a number of electrical wires  (nerve pathways). The moves are very gentle and non-invasive over key dynamic points in muscles, fascia connections and energy meridians, sending the body the message to restore homeostasis. CCMRT® therefore promotes the wellbeing in the entire animal. 

Profound and permanent healing and pain relief is consistently achieved with CCMRT® through addressing the underlying cause of a problem rather than the presenting symptoms.

CCMRT® is recognised and taught internationally. Every set of moves has had 3-5 years of field trialling before being taught.  .  All practitioners world wide are registered Internationally both with the BTAA (Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia) and the ECL&R (Equine College of Learning & Research)  Each practitioner follows a strict code of ethics and conduct. 

What does CCMRT® work on?

The main tissue that CCMRT works on is the Fascia.    The freedom of the fascia movement is important in allowing optimal contraction and relaxation of the underlying structures and freedom of nerve transmission and circulation.

Fascia is supportive connective tissue consisting of 2 major components

  • Cells - responsible for the synthesis, maintenance and metabolic activity of the fascial connective tissue
  • Extracellular matrix (ECM) – a fluid/fibrous matrix containing collagen and other structural glycoproteins.  The ECM is generally the main component

Fascia covers, invests into and connects across muscles, bony prominences and all body organs, wrapping body regions and groups of muscles like cling film.   .  Fascia may act as an elastic store during locomotion.

Fascia is extremely important in CCMRT®  because it lies below the point of contact, the skin, for all moves. Because of its continuous layers it carries the messages of the movement deeper into the body.
Fascia is a regenerative tissue and responds to direct stimulation, manipulation and lengthening.  A CCMRT® treatment involves manipulations which release restricted fascia through gentle pressure while also creating a degree of heat through gentle friction.  This enables the fascia molecules to become more mobile and release from the restricted area therefore enhancing both the flow of fluids and neuro-transmissions to and from the affected area.  The tissues return to their more flexible state enabling the natural movement of the muscles, circulatory system and the neural pathways.

CCMRT® also works on the nervous system, working over nerve pathways and nerve origins.   Fascia can entrap nerves affecting nerve transmission to, from and through the central nervous system (CNS).  If there is thickening of the fascia and loss of elasticity surrounding a nerve the ability of neuro- transmitters to send and receive messages is compromised.  Hypersensitivity to stimuli and touch my be a result of trapped nerves that are ‘firing’ but unable to release messages along the normal neural highway to the CNS, in some cases the pain may be referred to other areas.

The meridians – energy pathways in the body are also addressed via EMRT as in acupuncture.

An CCMRT® treatment stimulates key fascial points in the horses body, these points are mainly situated along the spine, at major musculo-skeletal junctions i.e. origins of muscles, and overlaps key energy pathways (meridians).  A specific sequence is used to create a circuit within the body to free congestion, enhance circulation and neural transmissions enabling the body to self heal where it is needed and restore balance in the body.

CCMRT® complements other healing modalities such as veterinary treatment, herbal medicine and homeopathics.

What are the benefits of CCMRT®?

  • Maintaining peak performance
  • Can be used on the day of an event in the case of an injury or weakness
  • Providing rapid and often long term pain relief
  • Improving circulation
  • Lymphatic drainage (elimination of toxins)
  • Assimilation of nutrients
  • Improvement of joint mobility
  • Improvement of posture
  • Normalisation of cellular physiology and tissue integrity
  • Releasing muscle spasms
  • Reprogramming the nervous system back into a state of balance
  • Addressing deep issues within the body often bringing about an improvement in overall structure.

It does not replace Veterinary treatment but often complements veterinary treatment to optimise the healing of your horse.
Dogs treated regularly with CCMRT® maintain higher performance levels and have accelerated injury recovery rates.  Effective nerve transmission, muscle movement, organ function, circulation and lymphatic flow to/from any damaged area are promoted, thereby improving healing and preventing/removing toxin build up.

CCMRT®  aids in the removal of lactic acid therefore it fabulous for recovery from strenuous exercise i.e a racing greyhound, agility.

With regular CCMRT® treatments stresses and strains can be prevented creating a relaxed, happy and optimally fit animal. 

What conditions can be aided by CCMRTTM?

  • Traumatic or accidental injuries
  • Stress disorders – anxiety
  • Musculoskeletal pain and imbalance/Crookedness
  • Respiratory issues/Congestive heart failure
  • Hormonal problems
  • Digestive issues
  • Cruciate ligament strains/weakness
  • Spinal problems – disc protrusions
  • Nerve paralysis/dysfunction
  • Post surgery  - CCMRT is extremely valuable post surgery in aiding the body to re-establish balance.  It is invaluable post musculoskeletal surgery – i.e patella surgery, cruciate surgery, fracture repair, spinal surgery.  It gives your animal the best chance at regaining optimal use of the affected area and aiding in building strength.

What is involved in a treatment?

  • CCMRT treatments are generally a very relaxing experience for both the owner and the animal.
  • A treatment may be remedial or maintenance depending on the condition
  • A full assessment of the animals body/muscles/movement
  • A treatment typically last between 45 minutes to an hour
  • Breaks are given between moves to allow the body to process the treatment and for the necessary changes to occur before commencing the next sequence of moves
  • A variety of responses may been seen in the animals body, skin, behaviour depending on the underlying stress/conditions
  • Generally a break from exercise is recommended for at least 4 days to obtain the optimum benefit from the treatment and allow the body time to recover and recuperate. This depends on the injury and type of work.
  • Often a marked improvement is seen after the first treatment, the number of treatments depends on the chronicity of the problem.  A minimum of 3 treatments are recommended for long term benefits.
  • You will be recommended a program to optimise your animals healing/ health – this may encompass stretching, herbs, exercises or diet.

Regular CCMRT sessions will help to keep your animals in optimal health and wellbeing