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Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is the use of manual techniques on muscles within the dogs body. These techniques have many benefits, some of these include: 

  • Increased blood flow

  • Increased lymphatic (fluid) drainage

  • Elicit the body's natural pain relief mechanisms 

  • Relieves tight and sore muscles

  • Improves mobility and reduces stiffness

  • Improves muscle tone

  • Helps correct the dogs posture and improve their balance

  • Improves the dogs walking and running movement

  • Improves muscle flexibility and elasticity 

  • Aids recovery from injury and surgery

  • Helps to break down scar tissue

  • Improves muscle condition

  • Improves performance in sports dogs

  • Promotes relaxation and relieves stress 

Massage can make your dog feel happier and more comfortable. It can also give them a new lease of life, especially for geriatric dogs. Massage can be extremely beneficial for dogs recovering from any injury or surgery but it can also be a great benefit for dogs that "just don't seem themselves". Massage can help reverse simple changes in you dog. Some changes can include:

  • Not wanting to jump into the car

  • Struggling to get up after lying down

  • A reluctance to climb the stairs  

  • Decreased activity or the want to do activity 

  • A reluctance to jump onto surfaces, like the sofa or bed

  • Over grooming or licking in a particular area

  • Decreased appetite 

These small changes can all be signs of pain or discomfort in your dog and should be checked by a veterinary. 

A dog enjoying a massage treatment