What is Canine Massage Therapy?

Canine Massage

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.

Holistic Treatment

‘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.

Remedial massage

Remedial massage for dogs works by releasing tight, sore muscles, removing debilitating ‘Knots’ or Trigger Points that cause referred pain. Massage helps to rehabilitate injuries by breaking down restrictive scar tissue caused by daily activities that may be responsible for your dog’s discomfort.

Effects of Massage

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)

What are the Benefits of Massage?

Massage Therapy improves the functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal, digestive, nervous systems and skin and may improve the rate at which the body recovers after injury and illness.

When muscles are overworked, waste products such as lactic acid can accumulate in the muscles, causing soreness, stiffness and muscle spasms.

Massage improves circulation, which increases blood flow, bringing fresh oxygen to body tissues. This can assist with the elimination of waste products, speed healing after injury, and enhance recovery from disease.

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The Results

The results you should see, depending on the presenting problem, are:

  • Freer movement, better posture
  • Reduced stiffness
  • Increased range of movement in joints
  • Improved sporting performance
  • Relief from pain and stress
  • Improved appetite
  • Improved skin and coat
  • Able to get in and out of car
  • Enjoys walks again
  • Got their zest for life back
  • Relief from chronic ongoing orthopaedic and neurological conditions – it can’t cure them, but by easing the tension in over compensating muscles, it can offer temporary relief.

Overall, massage therapy promotes health and wellness. This is not an exhaustive list – dogs will react in different ways and often there are some added extra benefits from those you initially expect!

 

Get in touch

If you think your dog would benefit from Canine Massage Therapy or would like to know more about it, please contact Helen.