What are the benefits of massage therapy?
In a rehabilitation setting, massage can be used for 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, and to create a mild inflammatory response that can jump-start healing. What are the benefits of massage therapy?
What conditions can massage help?
Massage can decrease musculoskeletal pain caused by tight muscles. It can 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 neurologic system.
Will my dog enjoy a massage?
Most dogs 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. This can sometimes be a bit uncomfortable, but most dogs handle the treatment well and enjoy the rest of the massage session.
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.