About Canine Massage Therapy

Because our canine companions are such a huge part of our lives and families, it is only natural that we want the best for them.

Canine Sports Massage Therapy is an excellent way to keep “Man’s Best Friend” healthy and in great shape, regardless of age and activity level, whether your companion is a couch potato or agility champion.

Sports massage differs from other forms of massage in that it focuses on the cause of muscle injury, with the intent of not just relieving muscular pain, but also assisting in the prevention of future injuries to those muscles.

People have long recognized the benefits of massage therapy as a regular part of their health and well-being. The canine industry has begun to see the benefits, too.

The most effective use of canine massage therapy is through a regular maintenance program. Massaging your dog on a regular basis allows for areas of tension or even slight strain to be worked out. This allows for more freedom of movement and elasticity, which helps to prevent injury.

Benefits of Canine Massage Therapy:

  • Improves circulation
  • Promotes the release of endorphins – the body’s natural pain killers
  • Enhances muscle tone and increases range of motion
  • Promotes healing by increasing the flow of nutrients to the muscles, carrying away excess fluids and toxins
  • Decreases scar tissue
  • Increases the number of red blood cells
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system
  • Relaxes muscle spasms
  • Relieves tension
  • Helps maintain the WHOLE body in better physical condition
  • Lengthens connective tissue which helps break down/prevent “knots”
  • Improves the overall disposition of your dog

The Goals:

  • Maintain flexibility and suppleness in muscles, thus allowing greater movement and decreasing chance of injury.
  • Help extend your dogs’ athletic life span.
  • Make your dog a happy and healthy one!

 

FREQUENCY OF MASSAGE:

The most effective massage plan for your dog’s well being would be one of regular maintenance, based on your dog’s age, activity level and work load.

The following suggested plan is only a guideline and can easily be adjusted to suit the individual needs of your dog:

  • Three sessions in Week One
  • Two sessions in Week Two
  • One session in Week Three
  • On an “as needed” basis thereafter