Forest MOOds Animal Therapy


About Canine Massage therapy

Suitable for Dogs suffering from stiffness or discomfort, following or during exercise.

Massage has been shown to improve the circulation, relieve muscle tension, reduce pain, and maintain joint flexibility. It is especially beneficial for patients with arthritis and mobility problems.

Massage is also indicated for dogs with:

    - intermittent lameness

    . behaviour changes - including reluctance to exercise or depression

    . difficulties in getting up and down, climbing stairs or getting in and out of the car

    . spinal problems

    . twitching of the back when stroked

    . uneven gait

During exercise and activity muscles receiving insufficient oxygen will produce the waste product lactic acid which is contained within them. A build up of lactic acid will cause stiffness and discomfort and can permanently damage muscle fibres. Lactic acid is cleansed from the body via the venous and lymphatic systems which can be directly influenced by massage therapy. Massage enhances the flow of blood to the muscles improving the supply of oxygen and nutrients to them, allowing them to function most efficiently.

Canine massage is a gentle and non-invasive treatment which also aids in relaxation and helps dogs to recover from injury or illness more quickly, relieving muscle tension. In some situations it can help reduce swelling and scarring. Massage can help to build wasted muscle and improve muscle tone in older or convalescing dogs

Canine massage therapy is also recommended as a warm up and warm down program to enhance performance in agility and working dogs.

Improvements in coat and skin condition after treatments are commonly observed due to the direct involvement of skin and fascia layers underneath.

How massage helps Osteoarthritis, Hip Dysplasia, Spondylosis and OCD

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