Just like humans, when dogs overwork their muscles waste products such as lactic acid gather in the muscles generating stiffness, muscle spasms as well as archness. Additionally, there are numerous occasions where dogs suffer from negative health problems such as poor blood circulation, injuries, bumps and bruises, arthritis, hip elbow dysplasia, nervousness, anxiety and posture irregularities–to name a few. Many canine physiotherapists argue that a good massage can play a key role in the overall well being and vitality of dogs, irrespective of age, size and breed. Dog massage, otherwise known as Myofunctional therapy, can benefit your dog physically, mentally and emotionally by reducing muscular tension, breaking down scar tissue, releasing trigger points and improving the range of movement.
Therapeutic dog massage is a clinical healing treatment utilized to effectively resolve problems associated with your dog’s muscoskeletal system. Massage is a drug-free, holistic therapy which enhances the circulatory system as well as the lymphatic drainage thereby accelerating the healing procedure after injury or illness. Additionally, dog massage is also effectual for orthopedic problems such as arthritis and hip dysplasia which can act as a barrier for the dog in carrying out his/her daily activities. Massage session last approximately 1 hour based on your dog’s reaction to the therapy and the ability of the canine masseur to effectively determine the issue and diagnose the nature of the soft tissue problem. The session normally takes place at your home as this is normally where your dog feels more relaxed and stress free for the massage. As far as the massage technique goes, it is similar to that of humans. Some of the touching techniques include soft, soothing strokes, deeper manipulation work on specific injuries, pressure point application, using hands and fingers in a drum-like manner and kneading with the hands.
When dog massage is combined with proper nutrition then the recovery process of your dog is enhanced significantly. Highly digestible dog food, rich in protein can provide a shield in preventing diseases and injuries.
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Did You Know?
When massaging your dog you should talk to your dog in a sweet, soft voice to add to the calming effect.