Canine Massage is an holistic, hands-on therapy that involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasms, and stress rather than masking the issues with analgesics. It gives 100% drug-free pain relief.
‘Holistic’ means that the whole body is treated rather than just the injured spot. Often there is referred pain from the primary area of injury to another part of the body – the secondary area. For example, if your dog is limping on his right front leg, he may compensate by putting extra strain on the left lower back muscles.
Touch is vital for humans and animals – soft, soothing strokes warm and relax muscles; deeper manipulations work on specific injuries within the muscles and soft tissues. This can sometimes be painful for your dog, but any uncomfortable manipulation of soft tissues will be followed by soft flowing strokes to soothe and relax again.
The effects of massage are not just on the muscular system, but on all the systems of the body, so a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology is essential to ensure that no harm is done and that your dog benefits in every way from their treatment. (See Benefits of Massage)