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

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

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)

Skeletal System

  • improves alignment of skeletal structures without force

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

Lymphatic System

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

Respiratory System

  • improves respiration

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
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NOTE: Canine massage therapy should not be used as a substitute for veterinary medical care.  However, when used in conjunction with medical care, it will not only help to maintain the health and wellness of your dog, but it can promote shortened recovery from illness, injury or surgery as well.