Canine Massage Therapy

Canine massage therapy may sound a little far fetched, but it is something that qualified professionals become certified to do. It can be helpful in soothing your dog when he is suffering from various different age-related or breed-related ailments. There are several qualified professionals available to perform massage therapy on your dog.

Explanation of Message Therapy

Canine massage therapy is the practice of massaging and soothing the joints, bones, muscles and tissues. Dog's that suffer from hip dysplasia, arthritis or back injury can greatly benefit from the techniques of massage therapy.

Benefits of Massage Therapy 

Massage therapy is typically beneficial to increasing blood flow in restricted areas, relieving tension in arthritis and hip dysplasia affected dogs and can help your dog to be able to move more freely and fluidly through his condition.

It is known that both arthritis and hip dysplasia are very painful conditions for your dog. While massage therapy may not be the only treatment method required, it can help to soothe the tension of muscles and tissue and alleviate some of the symptoms associated with these conditions.

Certification Training

Finding a professional qualified to massage your dog is not a difficult task. Although it is something that most dog owners are likely unaware of, there are several training facilities that certify professionals looking to make a career of canine massage therapy.

Currently, there is no state or federal regulations requiring a professional to obtain certification; however it can be greatly beneficial to have your dog treated by someone who has endured rigorous training in the field.

It is important to keep in mind that there are probably some other qualities that you will be looking for in a canine massage therapist, other than certification. You should always check references of other satisfied clients to make sure that the person you choose does good work. You will probably also want to meet with the professional in person to make sure that they are the dog loving professional that they claim to be.

Dogs that Benefit from Massage Therapy

It is most common for larger breed dogs to develop arthritis and joint pain as they age. Because they are carrying more weight around, and their bone structure is larger, there is a lot of room left for the development of either of these conditions. Likewise, dogs that become obese with age may also greatly benefit from canine massage therapy.

Likewise, if your dog has been seriously injured, such as with a broken limb or an accident of the back, massage therapy will help relieve your dog of some of the pain that he is going through. Additionally, it can help broken limps return to a normal state and heal properly.

It is important to keep in mind the massage therapy is not always a medical requirement. Sometimes is something that may help your dog when he is suffering from depression. Depression is a condition that is very real in dogs because they rely so heavily on their humans for love, affection, shelter and family.

When some of these elements have been erased from their environment, or a severe change has occurred, it can cause your dog to lapse into a state of depression. Canine massage therapy is effective in aiding the treatment of depression by using touch as a medication.