September 07, 2016 by Jordan Nunziato
Did you know that your dog can get the same benefits from massage as you do?
Massage therapy for animals relies on a holistic and non-invasive approach involving movements such as kneading, light touches and pressure with the aim to relax or stimulate. In much the same way as massage for people, it improves circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid, promotes healing after a surgery or an injury, relieves stress and emotional or physical shock and helps rebalance the various organs of the body.
In an article entitled “5 Alternative Therapies For Chronic Pain,” author and expert Jennifer Kachnic writes: “Arthritis and muscle or joint injuries are just as uncomfortable for dogs as they are for us, and many illnesses also generate pain.”
Animal massage has been practiced for a very long time on all kinds of animals and for various purposes. It creates a feeling of well-being making the animal aware of new sensations and positively influences behaviour and emotional balance. In addition to encouraging relaxation, improving digestion and contributing to healthy skin and coat, there are many reasons to treat your pet to a massage therapy session.
Below are Kachnic’s 5 alternative therapies to use in place of drugs that can ease your pooch’s chronic pain:
1. Canine massage
Massage therapy not only relaxes muscles but also stimulates endorphins, increases circulation, elevates oxygen levels, flushes toxins, helps with inflammation, strengthens the immune system and accelerates healing – and all of these can contribute to effective pain management.
2. Acupuncture and acupressure
These modalities are based on the concept of energy flow within the body, and seek to stimulate certain points along the energy meridians that run beneath the skin.
3. Energy healing
The term “energy healing” refers to therapies in which the practitioner improves the flow of energy in an animal’s body. These are gentle and powerful therapies during which the healer sends subtle energy through his/her hands to promote physical as well as emotional balance and healing.
4. Cold laser therapy
Low-level cold laser is painless and non-invasive. It works by directing highly concentrated coherent light waves to the muscles, tissues and organs. Cold laser therapy reduces inflammation and muscle spasms and is great for disk and spine issues.
The buoyancy of the water supports the dog, lessens stress on the joints, helps with freer movement, and is a safe form of exercise for those with injuries, disease or pain. It can also help with obesity as well as balance and coordination.
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