As in life, our bodies age and change over the years. We suffer chronic pain, arthritis, injuries and stress. The same goes for our furry counterparts.
Many pet owners will regard it as just aging in an animal. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be that way. Along with proper veterinary care, massage and passive range of motion can complement those treatments and help your pet to achieve their best physical (and sometimes mental) health.
- Post-Surgical Care: Aftercare is an important aspect of the healing process when surgery is involved. In order for an area to heal, good blood flow and muscle tone is key. This is typically achieved through movement and exercise.
When massage and passive range of motion (PROM) is introduced shortly after a medical procedure, it will help to get the blood flow moving quickly. It also helps to keep the muscles toned as well as the joints lubricated with synovial fluid. Scar tissue is also kept to a minimum when the incision site is massaged regularly.
- Arthritis: When bodies slow down or stop, even temporarily, arthritis can creep in. This can cause the body to slow even more and become painful during movement. The body compensates for this pain by moving in different ways to achieve what it needs to do. This can cause new areas to become sore and cause a snowball effect. Massage can keep the pain from progressing further.
- Stress: Animals are no different than people, in that they experience stressful situations too. It can even be more stressful for an animal as they may not be able to understand what is going on around them or why things are happening. While it may not remedy every situation, Massage and Reiki are great ways to help your pet deal with and minimize their stress.
- Final Days: Nobody wants to see their beloved furry friend suffer. Making that heart-wrenching decision to let your pet cross the Rainbow Bridge is a decision many come to dread.It is possible to make the transition easier through Massage and Reiki. Special accommodations can be made to accompany you to the veterinarian’s office. This can be a way to make the transition easier on both you and your pet.
FOR THE ATHLETIC PETS
Athletic dogs are in the best shape of their lives. They are well-cared for in every aspect possible.
Just like human athletes, they put their bodies through the ringer with their movements, shifts and quick turns that can be asked of them at the drop of a hat. Injuries can be a major setback to those who live to compete.
- Pre-Event: Starting off with a short massage prior to a sporting event can often give your dog the edge needed to perform his or her best. Massage will warm up the muscles so they are functioning properly and will get the blood flowing.
- Post-Event: After your dog has finished with his or her event, they will most likely need a cool down. Massaging shortly after vigorous exercise or an event will keep the muscles more pliable and relaxed. There is less likely the chance of muscle spasms.
- Maintenance: Keeping a regular massage schedule for your athlete will reduce the likelihood of an injury as it keeps the muscles toned and pliable. In the event of an injury, regular massage schedules will ensure that the injury heals faster.