Throughout the years, massage therapy has been used more and more for animals. This healing technique is described as one of the first holistic approaches for healing body injuries in people, growing popular in 1820 by a Chinese doctor, Dr. Ling. Recent studies have shown that massage therapy alters dopamine and serotonin levels, decreases noradrenaline levels, modulates the immune system and can decrease sensibility to pain.
Helps to reduce anxiety: Some dogs are naturally more anxious and excitable than others. They’re the ones who may hide in the hall closet when there’s a thunderstorm or react nervously when they arrive at the veterinary clinic. Massage can help dogs to calm down when they’re feeling stressed and reassure them that there’s nothing to be worried about.
Improves Circulation: A healthy circulatory system brings muscles the oxygen they need for optimal functioning. This is also a way to reduce potential muscle cramps.
Relieves joint pain: When your dog reaches a more mature age, they’re likely to have some joint soreness and may develop arthritis. Additionally, some breeds are prone to having joint issues such as hip dysplasia. Massage therapy will help release the muscles and make a difference in their joint pain and function.
Strengthens the Immune System: Keeping your pet healthy and resistant to disease and infection should be at the top of the list. Research has shown that massage is effective in strengthening the immune system.
Promotes deep breathing: A soothing massage causes breathing to slow down and deepen. Not only does deep breathing promote a feeling of relaxation, it also supports healthy lung function for your pet.
Helps prevent injury: After play time, massage can help prevent muscle and joint injury.
Helps with drainage of kidneys and liver: Although problems in these organs are quite common in dogs, massage therapy helps to keep the vital organs healthy.
Moves lymphatic fluid: The lymphatic system has a critical role in draining fluids from tissues and filtering the blood. Massage therapy helps keep lymphatic fluid moving and lymph nodes healthy.
Supports well-being: Finally, one of the benefits of animal massage is that it supports overall well-being. In other words, it has the effect of restoring balance and energy in the body. You’re apt to see your furry friend enjoying their day much more after a full massage!
Gisela Novaes - Holistic Veterinarian Therapist/Certified Canine Myo - Manipulative Functional Therapist