Massage has proven health benefits
As you know massage has great health benefits and work out not only the kinks, tension and pain in your muscles, but it also relieves stress, anxiety and tension when done correctly. Tests have proven that these benefits are basically similar for both cats and dogs whereby not only can it be beneficial in muscle pain therapy but can help to relax, soothe and calm the animal.
5 Benefits of massage for your dog or cat
#1 Reduce muscle spasms and knots
Massage has been known to reduce compounds such as lactic acid which causes a toxic buildup in muscles that can cause bad muscle spasms and knots.
#2 Greatly improve the circulation
Deep tissue and muscle massage are said to increase and improve blood flow which in turn allows more oxygen to reach tissues. This creates better circulation which also lowers the heart rate and improves the animals range of motion promoting a faster healing rate for muscle tears and wounds that may be on both the inside and outside of the body.
#3 Good for relaxation
As physical touch has shown that it can reduce stress and anxiety the power of a massage has the ability to offer mental and physical relaxation in both animals and humans. Thus, massaging an aggressive or abused dog that has lost its trust in human contact can actually calm and relax the animal as well as being very therapeutic. The dog gets to build up its trust in human interaction again.
#4 Helps in pain management
Massage for various injuries or therapy after an operation on your pet can help manage and reduce pain, inflammation and swelling. It can also help to settle the animal as not to stress their wound and cause greater damage.
#5 Good bonding exercise
While giving your animal a massage you are spending good quality time with them which keeps the bond between animal and human a nice strong one. It creates a greater trust in the animal for you and all pets love a good belly rub, so a massage is like pure heaven to them.
Massage is as therapeutic for your pet as it is for you. Being around animals, petting them, playing with them and loving them has been proven to be really beneficial for human health.It is advisable to always seek the advice of a trained professional before administering any form of massage especially if the dog is in pain or aggressive.