Massage Therapy for Your Canine Companion

Unlike human beings, our canine companions can not verbally communicate to us if and where they are painful or sore. They can not say, “I am just sore today and I don’t feel up to any activities”. Instead they may communicate in a non-verbal manner through different symptoms.

If your canine companion displays any or all of the following symptoms, chances are they could be feeling some changes due to muscle tension and or stress build up in their muscles.

* Stumbling or not placing feet correctly
* Refusing or resistance to walking
* Resistance to leash equipment… tossing of their head
* Resisting stair climbing
* Limping or skipped steps
* Poor disposition and or behavioral changes

Some possible contributing factors to the above symptoms might include

* Athletic injuries (such as the “weekend athlete” who over does it)
* Arthritis or stiffness
* Inactivity due to injury, surgery, illness, age or obesity

Massage is thought to benefit elderly, inactive and or recovering animals by improving circulation of the blood and lymphatic systems to the muscles and nervous systems. Elderly animals suffering from stiffness and arthritis often respond well to massage and begin to feel better, move easier and experience less pain. Massage is also thought to have behavioral benefits such as helping to relax aggressive or hyperactive dogs or building confidence in shy, fearful dogs.

The following are effects of massage in the body.

* Pain reduction or relief of pain
* Increase oxygenation into muscles and tissues
* Increase elasticity of muscles
* Increase range of motion, flexibility, movement and stride length
* Increase performance level at shows and events
* Reduce recovery time form injuries,  surgery or trauma
* Release stress, tension and contracted muscles
* Increased sense of wellness in the mind, body and spirit
* A general sense of calming and reduction of stress
* Removal of toxins from the body and its organs