Dogs who spend their weekends romping around the dog park with friends or running alongside their humans when they hit the trails experience aches and pains just like their human counterparts. Massage therapy can help alleviate pain and promote increased flexibility, so they'll be ready for their next adventure.
Senior and Hospice
As dogs grow older and begin to slow down, it's important to find ways to help them move their bodies. Massage can help stimulate muscles and encourage fluid movement throughout tissues. Massage can also be a welcome source of stimulation for dogs who otherwise aren't very active.
Anxiety and Transitions
Dogs who suffer from anxiety or who are adjusting to changes in their environment (e.g., recently adopted, moving homes, or new children in the family) can benefit from massage techniques that promote relaxation and support the immune system.
Recovery and Rehabilitation
Dogs who have undergone surgical procedures or who struggle with chronic disease can benefit greatly from massage with a rehabilitative approach. Massage techniques may focus on relief of pain and inflammation, reducing fluid buildup (edema), supporting the immune system, and stabilizing joints.
All dogs can reap the benefits of massage. Massage therapy has a wide array of positive effects for the whole body and spirit, including supporting healthy functioning of the immune system, skin and coat, muscles and joints, digestive system, and nervous system.