As a registered massage therapist (for humans) I have been feeling quite inadequate at my inability to address my dog's pain. Let me first clarify that we have been to the vet and had x-rays to rule out a great many problems prior to this and my dog, being a being wiener, won't let the vet palpate him and howls at the poor man's slightest touch. This book gave me an overview of the layout of dog anatomy and well as techniques and tips for how to manipulate his bones and soft tissue myself (we live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, it was me or nothing). I do not know if a person without a background with anatomy, palpation and manipulation would feel comfortable trying all these techniques but I adore Dr. Kamen for providing a well written, well thought out book on how to help my dog in his later years live a much more pain-free life. Judging from the last 4 months, this is going to become a "go to" dog bible for me.