Who Benefits from Massage?
The short answer is everyone. Elderly dogs, athletic dogs, young dogs, active dogs, mobility challenged dogs, you name it. The beauty of massage therapy is that it relies largely on the therapist reading what is going on in your dog’s body and responding appropriately to what they find. This allows a massage to be tailored specifically to the body that YOUR dog has, regardless of their circumstances.
A non-comprehensive list of dogs who benefit from massage includes:
- Dogs recovering from injury or illness
- Active dogs that enjoy hiking, running, or playing
- Dogs participating in canine sports
- Geriatric dogs looking to maintain mobility
- Puppies and anxious dogs for socialization and desensitization
- Working dogs looking to maintain their level of ability
What Are the Benefits of Massage?
So now we know WHO we can help, but HOW exactly are we helping? Massage works by manually affecting the muscles, skin, and soft tissue using various techniques, strokes, and levels of pressure. By using manual manipulation to gently pump and squeeze muscles, the therapist is able to improve circulation and help the body remove the waste products that naturally build up in the muscle over time. This is one of the primary actions being performed during a massage but is by no means the only benefit. Massage therapy, even with very light work, has a ripple effect throughout the body that works on many different levels and systems.
Some of the further benefits of massage include:
- Reduced pain
- Reduced Tension of Muscles and Fascia
- Increase Circulation
- Stimulate Nervous System
- Support Lymphatic and Immune Systems
- Stimulate Natural Immune Response
- Improved Skin/Coat Quality
- Edema Management
- Aid Respiration and Digestion