Posted by on June 22, 2015

Like Parent, Like Pet…

Did you ever get a massage?  Why?  Were you sore or tired after a hard workout or injury? Do you have a chronic joint or muscle condition?  Were you just treating yourself? How did you feel afterwards?  If you’re like most of us, you probably enjoyed the experience, felt relaxed and generally better afterwards and look forward to the next session, even if you were reluctant to go in the first place.  Your dog could have the same experience.  The same strokes and techniques used in human massage are practiced in canine massage for the same reasons.

The Power of Touch…

Curtis massageThe history of canine massage dates back to ancient times, however, modern massage was used primarily for racing horses. Massage has always been an integral part of caring for these valuable animals.  After the U.S. Equestrian Team formalized their use of “massage therapy”, the public began to recognize the value of massage for horses and canine massage became more popular

Physical & Emotional Support…

Certified Canine Massage Therapists (CCMTs) assess each dog’s needs and develop a specific improvement plan. CCMTs often work to calm hyperactivityanxiousness, and nervousness. As therapy continues, it becomes very soothing. Canine massage improves a dog’s general well-being and each session enhances the dog’s bond with their human companion.

Complementary to Veterinary Care…

Canine Massage is not, nor should it be, a substitute for traditional veterinary care. It is a complementary form of health care. Pet guardians should regularly consult a veterinarian in matters relating to their dog’s health, and especially regarding any symptoms which may require diagnosis or medical attention.  However, when used in combination with medical care, it can aid the recovery process in many medical cases.  When used for rehabilitation, canine massage can reversmuscle atrophy from inactivity or disuse, relieve muscle tensionsorenessspasms, and weaknesses and reduce pain/discomfort from arthritiship dysplasia, etc. This makes canine massage excellent for injury recovery and joint maintenance.

Not Just a Luxury…

Layla massageCold Nose Lodge offers canine massage for relaxationrehabilitation, or competition Asia Hoffman, our CCMT, notes that massage will aid in muscle soreness recovery after hard play, restore flexibility, increase blood, lymph, and oxygen circulation, release endorphins and support the body’s processing of nutrients.

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