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Benefits of Canine Massage

May 31, 2020 08:11PM ● By Linda T. Stern

Massage therapy for our canine friends serves a similar purpose to that for humans. Tension can have an effect on the skeletal system, causing malalignment such as back, spinal and joint problems. This may result from overuse from rough play, and if allowed to continue, damage can occur to agility and other areas. The motion and varying degrees of pressure used in massage therapy can stimulate muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and circulation, resulting in relaxation for the animal.

Relaxing massage therapy can alleviate or eliminate damage to hip and knee (stifle) areas. Increased circulation improves heart function and reduces elevated blood pressure. Digestion may also improve with muscle relaxation and circulation. Massage may also help with anxiety, sleep, emotional stress, balance and improved range of motion. Skin tone, elasticity and coat quality may also improve. Cats may enjoy and benefit from massage, as well.

Linda T. Stern, DVM, MS, CVA, is the owner of Healing Creatures Animal Hospital, located at 3300 Hartzdale Dr., Ste. 108, in Camp Hill. For more information, call 717-730-3755 or visit HealingCreatures.com.






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