Hip Dysplasia

This condition is when the hip joint experiences an abnormality in development. A healthy hip joint is when the head of the femur sits comfortably in the socket of the hip joint, where it is able to rotate without any issues.

However, in an abnormally formed hip joint the head of the femur does not sit as comfortably in the joint as it should, causing instability within the hip. The ‘ball and socket’ of the joint grind against each other which can cause extra growth of bone and cartilage, which worsens the condition and reduces movement further.


  • Reluctance to run and jump
  • Wobbly gait as legs cross over when walking
  • Bunny hopping’ when trotting or running
  • Problems moving up and down stairs
  • Limping and lameness
  • Crying out in pain

How massage can benefit

  • Relief of pain and tension in compensating muscles
  • Decrease stiffness
  • Reduce soreness
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion
  • Improve strength of muscles