Massage is the manipulation of muscles and skin to promote increased circulation to all the organs and tissues of the body.
Massage therapy for your dog can provide:
Relaxation & Rejuvenation
Enhance Healing after Illness or Surgery
Restore & Maintain Flexibility
Provide a Caring Touch
Enhance Quality of Life
Massage affects many of the body's systems. For the muscular system massage can help relieve stiffness and help maintain the muscle at its optimum nutrition, flexibility and vitality. Massage affects the circulatory system by increasing blood circulation to promote rapid disposal of toxins and replenish nutrients and oxygen. Massage activates sensory receptors that can stimulate or soothe the nervous system. It is believed that massage helps in decreasing pain by releasing endorphins, interrupting the pain cycle.
For the integumentary system (Skin) massage transmits the psychological benefits of touch. It also helps to maintain healthy skin by increasing blood flow and stimulating sebaceous glands to help improve skin condition, texture and tone.
Massage may be indicated for your dog:
Chronic Musculoskeletal Problems
Compensatory Gait Adaptations
Post Surgical - If exercise is restricted, massage can help maintain muscle tone and condition.
Seniors - massage can help slow down the aging process by maintaining the flexibility of joints and soft tissues.
Please remember that massage is not a replacement for veterinary care.