Why Massage?

Alternative therapies like massage may seem that we are simply pampering our furry friends, but massage can be an effective tool in promoting optimum wellness for your pet.  Veterinarians are implementing massage to help alleviate pain from hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, epilepsy and more.  While we often think that massage is best suited for our senior pets that may have limited mobility and stiff muscles, it is also for the athletic dog of any age.  Massage at any age can help to restore flexibility and range of motion, prevent injury and provide relaxation and mental focus.

When skin receptors are stimulated they transmit messages to the brain. Once the brain receives these messages it initiates the production of chemicals that feed major body systems such as the blood, muscles, nerve cells, tissues, and organs.

Massage is a vehicle that stimulates these skin receptors and releases the chemicals necessary for the body's optimum performance, producing many benefits such as:

  • Reduces anxiety 

  • Shortens healing time of strained muscles and                                                                                                                sprained ligaments

  • Aids in digestion

  • Fosters a feeling of well-being 

  • Reduces pain and swelling (including                                                                                                                        intervertabral, joint and muscle)

  • Decreases blood pressure

  • Strengthens the immune system

  • Reduces formation of excessive scar tissue

  • (less scar tissue build up means better mobility)

  • Reduces muscle spasms

  • Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness

  • Provides greater joint flexibility and increases range of motion

  • Improves proprioception (the outside information feedback mechanism in the animal's body that helps with movement and balance)

  • Stimulates liver and kidney functions

  • Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymphatic fluids

  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing

  • Enhances the health and nourishment of the skin and coat

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