Canine massage therapy is an important part of every rehabilitation session at Two Hands Four Paws. Not only does it allow the therapist to bond with your pet through touch, but it’s also a great diagnostic tool. While stretching your dog’s muscles to increase flexibility and relaxation, the therapist is also checking for any swelling, new growths, inflammation or pain that may be an indication of an injury or undiagnosed health issue.In addition, canine massage therapy increases circulation, which leads to improved oxygenation. More oxygen in your dog’s blood speeds up the metabolism, resulting in enhanced performance, and acts like an anesthesia resulting in shorter recuperation time. This is especially important with older dogs, and those who are recovering from injury and/or surgery.By gently manipulating the soft tissue of your dog’s body, our canine massage therapists work to reduce any build up of fibrous tissue adhesions that result from inflammation caused by a muscle strain, or a wound. These adhesions make your dog sore and stiff, causing him or her to not move properly.Canine massage therapy targets your dog’s trigger or stress points in order to achieve lymphatic drainage, relaxation, and stimulation by increasing your pet’s endorphins. Bottom line, your dog will feel better, and therefore act better after a massage. Think of it as puppy Prozac without the pill.
Older dogs: Canine massage therapy is excellent for older dogs, helping with such age related issues as arthritis, disc disease, muscle cramps, torn ligaments, and early morning stiffness. It increases circulation which is great for removing toxins caused by an impaired heart or kidney function. This pain release combined with the healing power of touch will help your older dog feel more stable, and secure on their feet, thereby giving him or her a new lease on life. Many seniors who’ve dragged their body into our facility have trotted out like a puppy after a Two Hands Four Paws massage.
Sporting Dogs: A pre-event canine massage will help your dog to warm up by increasing blood flow to the muscles. Post-event, a massage is excellent for loosening up your pet’s muscles and joints in order to prevent stiffness, and it helps speed up the drainage of lactic acid that builds up after any strenuous workout.
Puppies: Certain large breed puppies experience growing pains. Literally. Massage therapy can help by increasing blood circulation which allows growing bones to receive the nutrients they need such as calcium and phosphorus. Also, since fast growing breeds are more prone to joint sprains and strains, regular massage will accelerate their rate of healing, and help reduce their level of pain until their growth spurt passes.