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Benefits of Massage Therapy for Dogs

There are many types of non-invasive physical therapy options for dogs recovering from CCL surgery. Massage is a gentle option that can help dogs of any size in their recovery process, and can continue to be beneficial on a regular basis long after they’ve healed. Even though it looks and feels like pampering (and can therefore be quickly dismissed by some people) massage is actually a serious form of healthcare that can positively affect all systems of your dog’s body. Here we’ll focus on the specific benefits of canine massage therapy, which seem to be endless:

-Enhances human-animal bond
-Relieves stress and anxiety
-Decreases pain by stimulating endorphins
-Improves blood circulation and lymphatic flow
-Improves spinal/body alignment, flexibility, and range of motion
-Decreases edema (excessive fluid collecting in cavities or tissues in the body)
-Decreases fibrosis by relieving contraction of tendons and muscles
-Helps maintain muscle tone
-Improves immune system function
-Increases energy, which can aid in weight loss

benefits of massage therapy
Ready to test it out? You can view this brief video to learn the basics of canine massage therapy at home.

*Note: It’s important to remember that while the benefits of massage for animals generally parallel those for humans, the execution is a bit different. You cannot, for example, attempt to give your dog a “deep tissue” massage because the pain probably won’t feel good to them, like it might to you when you’re receiving a massage. Be gentle!

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