Providing Gentle Canine Massage
What is canine massage and why might your dog benefit from it ?
Our canine friends can benefit from massage for many of the same reasons a human would. The type of massage I perform is Swedish massage, which a gentle form of massage. The reasons to which you would consider massage for your pet could vary from physical to emotional concerns. Massage can be beneficial alone but commonly it is combined with other modalities such as physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, acupressure, laser therapy, nutritional supplements and pharmaceuticals.
Who would benefit from massage ?
- Senior dogs - Many of our senior dogs develop arthritis, and when a part of the body experiences chronic pain they will naturally over compensate which causes sore/tight muscles. Many of these dogs also are less active and thus their circulation isn't as great as some of their younger more active friends. Massage can help soften tight/sore muscles as well has aid in healthy circulation.
- Orthopedic conditions - hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, variety of stifle (knee) conditions, and more
- Neurological conditions - Degenerative Myelopathy - Massage helps slow down muscle atrophy and helps with circulation.
- Emotional concerns - Many times animals who have come from shelters/puppy mills have a great amount of stress going on in their body. Massage helps to relax the mind and the body to help them ease into living in a home environment. Another emotional aspect massage can help with is grief. Whether it be a loss of a human or another animal in the home, animals do grieve. Massage can help relax their mind.
- Service animals - Service animals work 24/7 - With all the hard work they do for us, massage can benefit them emotionally and physically.
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