Effects of massage

By gently manipulating soft tissue (muscle, skin, fascia, tendons, ligaments) Massage Therapy has many deep profound physiological effects and never fails to amaze me with how a dog responds to a treatment. Canine Massage Therapy can:

• Improve mobility
• Relieve areas of soreness, tension, discomfort and spasm
• Promote a speedier return to health from injury or surgery
• Encourage the removal of toxins and metabolic waste from the blood and lymphatic system
• Reduce stiffness and swelling
• Help to build wasted muscle and improve tone in the ageing or convalescing dog
• Help to alleviate nervousness, depression, lack of focus and unwanted behaviour
• Improve the performance of the agility or working dog
• Sooth the symptoms associated with common pathologies e.g.: Hip Dysplasia, spondylosis, osteo-arthritis
• Help to calm down boisterous behaviour
• Induce relaxation
• Help to correct gait irregularities
• Promote a healthy coat and skin
• Increase the flow of oxygen and nutrients to tissues
• Re-educate the neuro-muscular system to aid it in realising its full potential in terms of full movement, mobility and function
• Aid in the breakdown of old scarring, adhesions, fibrous tissue and to release adhered skin

Massage Therapy can help to soothe the pain associated with:

• Hip Dysplasia
• Osteoarthritis
• Spondylosis
• Ageing
• Post Operation/Injury
• Collisions e.g.: with other dogs

By helping to manage pain, soothe aching joints and increase the flow of blood and nutrients to the body, massage can help to improve mobility and flexibility in your dog.

And is beneficial for dogs who:

• Participate in competitive physical Exercise e.g.: agility, field trials,
• Are inactive
• The older dog
• Dogs who are convalescing from accidents ie: road traffic accidents, falls
• Working dogs who have demanding jobs

The build up of lactic acid and metabolic waste in the active dog can often produce painful trigger and stress points. Massage helps to dispel these toxins by stimulating blood flow and lymphatic clearing to ensure the muscles may function in their full capacity even after strenuous exercise. In the convalescing dog massage can promote a speedier return to health by encouraging blood flow and enhanced venous return to flush the muscles with fresh oxygen and blood, stimulating unused muscles and reducing scarring after surgery or injury.