To many of us, there is no animal in our culture that lends itself to so much love as our faithful dogs, they are an extension of ourselves.
Just like humans, dogs experience stress and muscle tension. The side-effects can be exhibited physically or emotionally. I started Good K9Karma massage to help provide our companions both physical and emotional well being.
- Everyday touch can bring our dogs comfort, but massaging is done with intent and purpose and can provide more than comfort when done by experienced canine massage practitioner.
- As with humans, massage has been shown to trigger a para-sympathetic response from the subject’s nervous system. Massage increases blood flow and flexibility while focusing on the soft tissue.
- Dog massage can play an important role in post-surgery rehabilitation and geriatric care.
- Massage has been shown to be a successful treatment for chronic conditions like arthritis, allergies, and even with many skin conditions.
The emotional benefits are no less important. We expect dogs to be happy and good natured at all times but many dogs suffer from fears of abandonment, kennel stress, previous abuse, cultural stereotyping and socialization issues.
While dog massage is not a replacement for veterinary care, it can provide an important adjunct to traditional care.