Raven Herbals - cranialsacral therapist, herbal medicine, Norwich, Norfolk

Canine Sports Massage

DSCF0297 copyCanine Massage Therapy is the therapeutic application of hands-on deep tissue techniques to the voluntary muscular system. Massage can help reduce symptoms of ageing, increase flexibiblity, influence recovery from injury, ease pain and enhance rehabilitation. Deep tissue Massage has been shown to significantly reduce stress related nervous activity. Deep tissue techniques can help to increase circulation, reduce muscle spasm and relieve tension.

The Massage session

The massage can be done on a dog standing or lying down. If the dog is not accustomed to massage then a gradual introduction will benefit, as the dog may not want to lie down on the initial session. The massage session may range from 20 to 40 minutes in duration. The massage will vary depending on the needs of the individual dog:-

Some possible benefits

  • reduces muscular tension and soreness to increase mobility
  • reduction of swelling and scarring
  • speeds recovery from injury or illness
  • induces relaxation
  • may help clear toxins by enhancing lymphatic drainage

Conditions that may respond favourably

  • sports injuries or performance related problems in the working or agility dogs
  • reduced mobility; stiffness and muscle weakness in older animals
  • hyperactive; stressed or anxious dogs
  • pain from muscular/skeletal origin; muscle spasms
  • post injury or surgical recovery; where applicable


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