Canine Hydrotherapy & Massage, Manchester, UK

Healthy Hounds Therapies

How canine massage works

Canine massage affect all 11 systems of a dogs body including the Muscular, Skeletal, Circulatory,  Digestive and Nervous Systems. Massage not only supports mobility issues/conditions, but also resolves soft tissues injuries by releasing trigger points, strains, adhesions, spasms, cramps and myofascial pain.

Massage works by:

  • Improving posture/body alignment
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Releasing joint strain (releasing tight muscles and tendons)
  • Releasing restrictions in the fascia (connected tissues) which can limit movement.
  • Helping to increase the retention of nitrogen, phosphorous, and sulphur in the bones and this aids in fracture healing
  • Increasing blood supply, oxygen and nutrients to muscles. This helps to nourish muscle tissue
  • Cleanses the body of wastes and toxins which stimulates the immune system (strengthens resistance to disease)
  • Reduces soft tissue and chronic muscular tension and pain and breaking down scar tissue, strains, adhesions and trigger points
  • Relieving stiff joints and enhancing range of motion
  • Helping to re-moisturise, and soften dry skin  and increasing the natural oil production by the skin, helping improve the skins suppleness
  • Realigning scar tissue after surgery
  • Reducing ischaemia (reduction of blood flow to body parts, often marked by pain and tissue dysfunction)
  • Reducing oedema (excess fluid in tissue)
  • Assisting healing after surgery, as circulation is boosted
  • Helping muscle recover more quickly after exertion
  • Relaxing muscles, thus effectively stopping spasms, tension and cramping
  • Improving motor skills
  • Helping to prevent muscle wastage and Helping to re-establish proper muscle tone