While to some people pet massage may seem like a frivolous concept, it has been proven to have so many physical and psychological benefits that many professionals think it should be considered a regular part of a pet’s health care regimen.
The benefits to massage are extensive. It increases circulation to all areas of the body, distributing oxygen and nutrients and enabling the body to work more efficiently, and actually heal faster when injured. It removes toxins and waste products that build up in the tissues. It softens the connective tissues that permeate the body, relaxing the muscles and improving organ function. It breaks the pain-tension cycle, which in turn helps prevent muscle strain and aches. Massage increases flexibility and joint mobility which is crucial to geriatric comfort. It also promotes better muscular balance throughout the body, resulting in effective support for other healing modalities.
Massage is a wonderful adjunctive therapy to acupuncture and chiropractic work because it can calm the animal, relieving muscle tension and warming the soft muscles, making the joints more pliable which allows for easier, more comfortable needle insertion and adjustments. It is beneficial after acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments in that it leaves the animal with significantly less muscle tension and spasm—tension that might otherwise pull the joints out of alignment again. When planning your pet’s holistic therapies, chiropractors and massage therapists generally agree that adjustments and massage should be scheduled as closely together as possible.