PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF CANINE MASSAGE

Muscular System

 

  • relaxes or stimulates muscles to relieve soreness, tension, stiffness, spasms, weakness
  • improves joint flexibility
  • mobilizes soft tissues
  • improves elimination of metabolic waste

Digestive System

 

  • relaxes the intestinal muscles
  • improves blood flow to the alimentary (digestive) tract
  • stimulates peristalsis (the process of wave-like muscle contractions of the alimentary tract that moves food along)
  • stimulates liver and kidney function
  • improves appetite

Circulatory System

 

  • improves oxygen supply to blood cells
  • increases circulation
  • decreases blood pressure
  • improves elimination of metabolic waste
  • encourages development of a stronger cardiac muscle

Lymphatic System

 

  • drains stagnant lymph nodes
  • stimulates movement of lymphatic fluid
  • cleanses the body of metabolic waste

Nervous System

 

  • relieves pain
  • stimulates motor nerves
  • relieves restlessness and sleep disturbances
  • improves proprioception (the unconscious ability to sense the position, location, orientation and movement of the body and its parts)

Integumentary System (Skin)

 

  • improves tone and elasticity of skin
  • stimulates sebaceous glands (small glands in the skin which secrete a lubricating oily matter (sebum) into the hair follicles to lubricate the skin and hair)
  • improves quality of coat
  • removes dead skin and loose hair

Respiratory System

 

  • improves respiration

Skeletal System

 

  • improves alignment of skeletal structures without force

 Important Note:  Depending upon the purpose, when experiencing massage for the first time, your dog may not exhibit results in the first few sessions.  Their bodies are going through physiological and involuntary changes, including changes to their nervous, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory and immune systems. While massage will help to relax them and provide pain relief, the physiological changes may take longer to be exhibited in some dogs than in others. 

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