Massage Therapy

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

In a rehabilitation setting, massage can be helpful for the following:

  • soothing and comforting a patient
  • calming the nervous system, improving muscle function by loosening restrictions
  • reducing the build-up of adhesions
  • softening and stretching connective tissues that may impinge the nerves
  • enhancing circulation
  • aiding in the elimination of biochemical toxins
  • create a mild inflammatory response that can jump-start healing

What conditions can massage help?

Massage can decrease musculoskeletal pain caused by tight muscles, help to loosen restrictions in connective tissue, improve range of motion in the limbs and improve a pet’s mobility. Certain massage techniques can also be used to stimulate the nervous system.

Will my dog or cat enjoy a massage?

Most pets will enjoy a therapeutic massage. It can be relaxing and soothing and can help alleviate pain. In some instances, the therapist will use deep tissue massage to alleviate trigger points or loosen restrictions. It can sometimes be a bit uncomfortable, but most patients handle the treatment well and enjoy their massage sessions. Massage is also a technique that our rehabilitation technicians teach to pet parents to enhance treatment at home.

Are there any side effects of massage?

The most common side effect of massage is relaxation! However, depending on the technique used, there can sometimes be some mild discomfort for a day or two after treatment.


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Last updated: June 28, 2021

Dear Clients,

With the recent changes for businesses related to Covid, we want to reassure you that we are continuing to provide our full range of services with the safety measures listed below. We will update this page regularly as the safety measures change.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only. This includes Canine Rehabilitation appointments, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine appointments for acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy and Tui -na, Animal Chiropractic, Nutrition referrals, and specific blood testing referrals.

If you have questions, please contact us by phone at 902-461-0951 or email us at careteam@fullcirclevet.ca.



We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Tuesday, Wednesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We look forward to seeing you with your furry family members when Covid subsides!

- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.