The use of massage is fairly well documented in the human world and it is now accepted that much of that knowledge can be applied to the canine world.
Massage has been found to be effective by:
- Releasing tightness in muscles due to soreness or spasm which could be causing reduced flexibility.
- Promoting healing by eliminating toxins and waste from muscle tissues.
- Increasing the flow of blood and lymph which means a better supply of oxygen and nutrients to all the cells of the body.
- Boosting the immune system by speeding up the removal of waste products and toxins from the body.
- Reducing lameness by helping with soft tissue repair and increasing joint flexibility, and allows weak, tired or wasted muscles to be exercised.