22 Feb

Relieve Pain with Canine Massage Therapy

Canine Massage Therapy may sound unusual, but most people know the pleasure and relief massage can bring, particularly to relieve aches and pains caused by tense or over-worked muscles. Massage is one of the oldest known techniques for healing, pre-dating orthodox medicine and other complimentary therapies.

Canine Massage Therapy is gaining recognition as a powerful tool in the natural healing processes of the body. It benefits the overall well-being of a dog, whether or not he has a medical problem, helping to maintain the immune system, and providing positive benefits to all the major systems of the body.

This experience is now available for your dog, whether he is an athletic agility competitor, a family pet who loves to chase, or an elderly, arthritic dog whose mobility is becoming restricted.

Canine Massage Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive ‘complimentary’ therapy, which means it works alongside any treatment your dog is receiving from the vet. It is therefore important to have the consent of your vet before treatment can start.

As a fully qualified canine massage therapists we can offer canine massage therapy in your own home or here in the treatment room at Canine Therapies.

The Benefits of Canine Massage Therapy:

  • To speed recovery from injury, trauma or illness;
  • To relax muscular tension and spasm;
  • To increase the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles;
  • To aid the release and disposal of toxins such as lactic acid, thus reducing the effects of stiffness and soreness after exercise;
  • To help maintain suppleness and flexibility of joints by stimulating the production of synovial fluid;
  • To improve the efficiency of the lymphatic system and assisting in the dispersal of excess tissue fluids and swelling;
  • To stimulate the sebaceous glands, helping to rid the skin surface of dead cells and make the coat shine with natural health;
  • To identify and improve some gait faults;
  • To calm over-anxious dogs by inducing a more relaxed state, modulating the heart rate and respiration.

In addition, canine massage therapy can be performed prior to events such as agility, showing, racing, trialling etc, to prepare and focus both body and mind appropriately, and also post-event, to cool down, relax, and help to rid the body of the waste products of metabolism.

Canine Massage Therapy may benefit the following conditions:

  • Intermittent lameness;
  • Uneven or faulty gait;
  • Soft tissue injuries including muscle and tendon strains;
  • Osteo-arthritis;
  • Neurological disorders – limb function;
  • Poor coat and skin conditions;
  • Pain relief for age-related or congenital conditions.
  • Elderly or infirm dogs;
  • Convalescing from injury such as falls, twists, etc
  • Working dogs who have demanding roles;
  • Dogs who are hypersensitive to touch.

Canine Massage Therapy is also beneficial for other dogs:

  • Those who compete in Agility, Flyball, Obedience, Field Trials, Racing etc;

Canine Massage Therapy requires consent from your vet – please contact me to request a form or download one here.


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