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 help to maintain the health and wellness of your dog.