Everyone needs a little TLC, including your furry friends! No one can discount the positive effects of massage therapy, and those same effects apply to animals as well. Massage for dogs does not imply a glorified form of petting, but rather a strategic and intentional form of massage therapy. This manipulation of soft tissues can produce a powerful effect on the dog’s body.
Here are SOME of the Benefits of Animal Massage:
- Promotes blood flow
- Increases circulation to lymph system
- Reduces pain, stiffness, and inflammation
- Improves energy levels
- Kickstarts immune system
- Speeds recovery time from surgery
- Slows degenerative process
- Increases emotional bond, trust, confidence, and sociability
- Aids in body alignment, range of motion, and flexibility
- Lowers stress and anxiety
- Promotes overall wellbeing
Beyond the obvious physical effects of massage therapy, animal massage can facilitate many psychological effects on the dog’s health. Studies show that massage therapy produces a release of neurotransmitters into the system that help to reduce stress hormones, increasing the dog’s sense of health and wellbeing.
Dogs thrive on close emotional bonds with other dogs and humans, making massage therapy a very valuable tool in building confidence, trust, and sociability in the dog. This can be increasingly important for dogs who may have suffered emotional trauma, neglect, or abuse.
Check out our how to on dog massage for a step by step tutorial.