Massage for our pets is a good way to show your appreciation to your animal. It helps in general care to keep the blood flowing, detoxify the body and keep tabs on any changes in the body.
Horses that are worked on a regular basis greatly appreciate massage just as much as those who don’t work regularly for varied reasons.
In general massage is good for circulating blood, assisting the lymphatic system, relaxing the nervous system, which in turn helps with respiration, digestion, and elimination. It also helps keeping the muscles “active” and doesn’t let them deplete as quickly when they are not in use. The affects of massage for the muscles are great.
- speeds up recovery time on an injured horse
- keeps muscles from loosing their tone as quickly with in-activity
- increased muscle tone
- efficiency of performance increased
- relieves and decreases muscle spasms
- helps horses in colic or chronic problems with colic/stomach
- eases tying up syndrome
Here are some examples of specific issues that can be relieved with Equine Massage:
- lack of flexibility/bending ex: pole bending, shoulder ins, circles
- lack of tracking up ex: shortened stride behind, non flashy/stiff movement
- soreness in back ex: when mounting, brushing, jumping
- inability to have stall rest for too long due to stalking up
- fussy, problematic lead changes ex: one side primarily
- race horses compensating because of one side training
- unwilling to frame ex: used to frame well, now fusses to keep head down
- cribbing ex: tightness and knots occur in neck
- and many more.
Some issues may have been unapparent before but after treatment notice a great change. Ex: able to roll over on to the other side while rolling in fresh mud outdoors.
There are always more and more benefits found on different horses. Why not see how your horse could benefit?
Dogs are similar to horses in structure and there fore have similar needs. There are working dogs, race dogs, companion dogs, entertainment dogs and lazy pet dogs. The all could benefit from pet massage as well. As the horse they have the same benefits such as:
- circulating blood flow
- assisting the lymphatic system
- detoxifying the body
- increased recovery time
- reduces stress
- efficiency in performance increased
- they love touch and it’s a reassurance for you and them
Here are some examples of specific issues that can be relieved with Canine Massage:
- stiff/sore limbs
- arthritis, hip problems ex: German Sheppard’s
- respiratory problems ex: Shih-Tzu’s, Pugs
- less chance of depression ex: the chemicals are moving naturally
- older dogs who get less exercise receive mobility and have less bone problems
- ease, prevent glaucoma and eye problems
- quicker muscle recovery after competitions
- less strain on the muscles during heavy work
- many more including a good way to do a physical and keep tabs on any physical changes. The love and attention they receive is greatly appreciated.