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Canine Massage Therapy

Canine Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is an ancient healing art which has been practiced since before recorded history. The past decades have seen a resurgence of this therapy, both for humans and more recently, for animals. Although equine massage has been practiced through the centuries, canine massage is relatively new.

Therapeutic massage for dogs has similar benefits to therapeutic massage for humans. Massage therapy for dogs focuses on the normalization of soft tissue through the use of hands-on techniques. As with humans, canine massage helps maintain good health. It positively impacts every system of the dog's body, from the circulatory to the nervous systems. Massage helps increase range of motion, enhances muscle function, reduces muscle tension, and increases circulation of blood and lymph throughout the body. Additionally, massage also helps flush toxins from the body.

Canine massage is beneficial for all types of dogs, from pets to dogs active in obedience or conformation. Massage for dogs can be used in many ways...from calming nervous temperaments, to aiding athletic ability, to increasing the bond between human and animal. It is especially appropriate for dogs recovering from an injury, or plagued by arthritis or joint problems. Massage boosts healing because it increases the blood flow throughout the body, which in turn brings the oxygen and nutrients to those areas with restricted blood flow, whether from scar tissue or trauma.

The next article will give more in-depth information about canine massage.

Canine Massage Therapy
by Linda Pullen, MMT, NCTMB
Note From The Editor:
Linda Pullen, MMT, NCTMB is licensed in Arkansas as a Master Massage Therapist and is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

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