Massage is not just a feel-good treat to your body, there are physical and physiological effects that improve circulation, stimulate endorphin production, lower blood pressure, help to strengthen muscles, help to avoid injury, and improve the immune system function.
Massage moves fluids through the body, helping to remove toxins from the muscles and tissues that the body can then eliminate.
It can lengthen or shorten the muscle fibers helping to maintain correct body posture or gait. It keeps the muscles loose and pliable which is especially important for elderly animals in their normal activities or athletic animals participating in their sports. Following injury or surgery, massage can aide in proper healing and scar formation. Just as people benefit from massage, animals do as well.
Conditions that benefit from massage:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Following surgery
- Neurologic conditions
- General Maintenance, especially with active/sporting pets