Canine massage can be offered for relaxation, rehabilitation, or competition – “sports massage” – purposes. The benefit of massage to dogs is equivalent to the benefit experienced by humans.
Canine massage therapy should not be used as a substitute for veterinary medical care. However, when used in combination with medical care, it can help enhance the recovery process in many medical cases. In particular, canine massage used for rehabilitation purposes can include the following benefits: Help to relieve age related problems, Reverse muscle atrophy from inactivity or disuse, Provide relief from muscle tension, soreness, spasms, and weaknesses, Provide relief from chronic pain and discomfort from arthritis, hip dysplasia, etc. through the release of endorphins.
In addition, canine massage can provide emotional well-being for the animal. Massage therapist often work with animals to calm hyperactivity, anxiousness, and nervousness.