Massage therapy is a holistic treatment, meaning it effects all the body’s systems, including the mind.  It is beneficial for the overall health of the entire animal as well as specific problem areas.
Massage causes the release of endorphins which enables your pet to relax.  They reduce anxiety and depression, giving a sense of general wellbeing.  They also help to reduce pain.  Therefore, massage can be helpful in any situation where stress, anxiety or depression are having a detrimental affect and where ‘mental uplifting’ and feelings of security and positive social interaction are needed:
  • New puppies
  • Behavioral problems
  • Chronic painful conditions
  • Confinement due to injury or reduced mobility
  • Fear or fireworks
Reducing stress through massage also shifts the body’s focus towards healing and repair, improving the immune system function
One of the major benefits of massage is it increases blood and lymphatic circulation, particularly to the muscles but also to the body tissues and organs.  This means fresher blood carrying oxygen and nutrients as well as immune cells and hormones, reaches the tissues and harmful waste products are removed from them more quickly.  Not only does this mean healthy tissues work better but the injured tissues can be repaired more quickly.
This is of particular value in:
  • Healthy active animals
  • Sporting and working animals
  • Injured animals
  • Hospitalized animals or those undergoing confinement at home during a long illness or following injury or surgery
  • Animals with limited mobility e.g. arthritis, neurological issues or obesity
Massage also helps to heal damaged muscles and other soft tissue structures and reduce pain in them by increasing circulation to them, breaking down and preventing scar tissue and adhesion and realigning damaged muscle and connective tissue fibres.  This helps to restore function and mobility more quickly.
It also helps to restore normal movement by ‘kick starting’ nerve pathways that have fallen into disease and relieving stiff, sore and overworked muscles.  This is particularly helpful for:
  • Arthritis
  • Post-surgery (Cruciate, OCD, Spinal)
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Sporting, working & performance dogs
Massage is useful to correct problems prior to starting other therapies such as Physiotherapy or Hydrotherapy.
Usually a course of 3 to 4 treatments is required, followed by a maintenance program if the condition is ongoing.  However, every pet is different, and sessions are adapted to the individual
There are some circumstances when massage is not suitable for your pet and you will be advised of this at or before your first appointment