What are the benefits of massage for animals?
Animals receive the same benefits from massage as humans do and these benefits affect every major system of an animal’s body. Some of these benefits are as follows:
- Relieves muscle soreness, tension and restrictions
- Improves flexibility, range of motion and overall strength
- Reduces muscle fatigue and pain following exercise
- Increases circulation improving muscle healing
- Heightens immune system function
- Reduces swelling and pain associated with surgery and injury
- Aids in endorphin release- the body's natural pain killer
- Decreases anxiety
- Builds trust
- Promotes positive relationships with humans
Massage therapy is an excellent complementary treatment to veterinary care, physical therapy, athletic training, and/or obedience training. However, it should NOT be used as an alternative to veterinary care. Your veterinarian should be notified of any changes in the condition of your animal. If your animal has any significant health issues, please obtain clearance from your veterinarian before pursuing massage therapy.
These are just a few specific situations in which Massage Therapy can be beneficial:
- Senior animals suffering from aches and pains
- Athletic animals whose owners are looking for a competitive edge and/or faster recovery times for their animal preparing for or following competition.
- Hyperactive or high anxiety animals that may have trouble with human interaction or interaction with other animals. (Note: Aggression and anxiety are not necessarily one and the same. Animals with aggression issues can be evaluated on an individual basis to assess whether massage is appropriate and safe for them)
- Animals in a new home who are having difficulty adjusting
- Animals suffering from a chronic illness or recovering from surgery (Veterinarian approval is required)