Like humans, a dog can benefit get a great deal from a regular massage.
Massage is the practice of applying structural pressure, tension, motion & vibration to the soft tissue of the body, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints & lymphatic vessels. Massage is a form of therapy which can be applied to parts of the body or successively to the whole body, to heal an injury, relieve psychological stress, manage pain, improve circulation, generally to promote well being on both the physical & emotional level.
- increases circulation & lymphatic drainage to improve overall health
- prepares body for surgery & reduces recovery time after surgery
- stimulates muscles, increases flexibility & range of motion
- relaxes endorphins that work as the body’s natural pain killer & provides a feeling of well being
- reduces inflammations & swelling in the joints caused by arthritis & relieves pain from hip dysplasia, luxating patella, spinal problems & other ailments
- relaxes intestinal muscles
- reduces stress & relieves emotional pain caused by separation anxiety, vet & groomer visits, loss of another pet, prior abuse, etc
- improves tone & elasticity of skin & maintains shiny coat
Who Would Benefit from Massage
- every dog regardless of age or breed
- Helps them accept handling by vets, groomers, etc.
- Improves socialization
- Increases trust of humans
- Eases tension of new growth stages
- Maintains optimum wellness
- Slows developing problems of old age
- Detects early changes that may signal injury or disease
- Helps maintain mobility
- Stimulates circulation
- Reduces pain
When is Massage Not Recommended
- Animals with open wounds or blisters, with recent fractures, or animals with a fever should not be massaged
Massage can also address canine behavior issues. Jonathon Rudinger who has been instrumental in the development of the field of canine massage & is recognized as an authority on the subject says in his experience treating dogs who are fear-biters, food- or dog-aggressive, or who have separation anxiety, he first works with the stomach meridian around the mouth, the belly & the tail, & then takes the dog for a walk. With time, these dogs pick up on Jonathan’s energy as a healer, & they become more confident in themselves, which in turn can correct a number of undesirable behaviors.
Overall, massaging your dog & or including message therapy into your dogs health practice is simply a good thing to do. Who doesn’t like a good massage?
CEO Olivia ❤