The Benefits of Massage Therapy
- Elimination of toxins
- Enhanced muscle tone
- Increase range of motion by restoring muscle to proper length
- Reduce inflammation and swelling in joints by helping in the production of synovial fluid
- Release endorphins which are natural pain killers and tranquilizers
- Assist in healing
- Lengthens connective tissue
- Generally improves the animal’s disposition
- Eases muscle spasms
60% of your horse or dog’s body weight is muscle. It is the system that is responsible for movement. Maximum function and comfort in the muscle system will result in the greatest motion possible.
Massage Therapy can be used as a preventative before any injury occurs. Many physical difficulties are cumulative in nature. An undue stress builds, it often results in injury. Once a problem exist, massage helps to break up the tight knots of adhering muscle fibers which restrict full muscle tension. Massage will find any damaged or compromised area of muscle and restore it to improved function.
If a dog has a hip issue, it will most likely affect the back as well. They can’t step under their body freely. With hip issues, they may shift their weight forward to relieve the stress on his hindquarters. This can lead to over-stress on the shoulders, which can also impact the neck. A full body massage will address the secondary problems. The primary one is the hips and the secondary issues, which would be the back, shoulders and neck. This is just an example, but a common problem.
The massage is considered a deep tissue sports massage. The massage is applied to the soft tissue, it doesn’t work directly on the joints. However, the increase in circulation that comes with massage has a positive effect in the joints. There is evidence that massage helps with the production of synovial fluid, a valuable element in both joints and muscles.