Why you should consider canine massage.


In canine massage we see a lot of the same benefits as we see from equine massage. It can help increase relaxation, increase circulation, relieve pain, and improve joint flexibility. A few of the main uses for canine massage include for relaxation, rehabilitation, and sports massage. 

Relaxation Massage

Relaxation massage can be very beneficial to help calm hyperactivity, nervousness, or for dogs that are particularly anxious. It helps soothe and relax the muscles and reduces stress and pain for the dog. 

Injury and Surgery Rehabilitation

From time to time just like humans our canines will also suffer from an injury. Surgery may or may not be required however in both circumstances massage can aid in the healing process. Massage speeds up the body’s healing and can help enhance the recovery process. It is important to note that massage should not be used as a substitute for veterinary medicine. Working together the therapist and veterinarian can put together a very suitable treatment plan for recovery. Some of the benefits of rehabilitation massage include:

  •  Provide relief from muscle tension, soreness, spasms, or fatigue
  • Provide relief from chronic pain associated with arthritis, hip dysplasia etc.
  • Reverse muscle atrophy
  • Aid in relief of age related problems

Sports Massage

Some dogs work hard training for agility trials, fly ball, dock jumping, or any other number of sports. Like human athletes, they can experience the muscle soreness and injuries associated with training for these events. Sports massage helps to reduce this muscle soreness and fatigue, and helps decrease the risk of predisposing the dog to injury. Some of the benefits of sports massage include:

  • Enhance performance
  • Increase range of motion
  • Reduce fatigue and muscle soreness
  • Prevent injuries and loss of mobility

Starting in January 2016 canine massages around the Clarington area can be booked through K9 Central in Bowmanville. Any other inquiries can be directed to my e-mail or phone and will be answered promptly.