Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Benefits of Massage for a Stressed Dog

Prolonged periods of stress can negatively affect many systems of the human body, so to can it effect that of your dog.

Stress in dogs can aggravate, or even cause, such problems as gastrointestinal disorders and decreased immune function. You may notice an increase in whining, pacing, hair loss or even lethargy.  Stress effects your dog both mentally and physically.  It can even make your dog anti-social.
Dog massage therapy is one of the best antidotes for stress. We know this is true on an intuitive level but I know some of you find it hard to process even to this day.  Massage for dogs is not a SPAW DAY.  Massage works to soothe aches and pains and diminish anxiety and other stressors.  Imagine this type of therapy given to your dog by a certified expert and the benefits are increased.

Think about the rituals of massage which includes dimmed lights, soothing music, the pleasant fragrance of a mild oil or candle - even without massage, these can help your dog relax! Why do we think dogs are so different.  If we benefit from these things so can your dog.

Massage boosts your dog's immune system, which can become compromised from extended periods of stress. Tension can build up in their muscles, causing a decrease in circulation and nutrient delivery to tissues.

Manipulation of the soft tissue decreases muscular tension, increases removal of metabolic waste and promotes nutrient delivery to healing tissue. Knots in their muscles can inhibit their ability to perform everyday activities like going for a walk with you or playing in the dog park. When other parts of their body try to compensate for the ache of a tight muscle, they also start to become tight and uncomfortable. After a while, an injury that began in neck area can gravitate to their leg and even to their hind quarters.  The chain reaction can take many forms and none are pleasant.

In short, therapeutic massage can help to significanlty reduce stress. This, in turn, will increase energy, improve your dog's health and boost his immune system function. Add some good holistic nutrition, exercise and music therapy and you will see a different dog.... a happy dog.


  1. Very cool and informative site. Well done. I have helped many people massage their pets.

  2. Awesome post! I have been working with my chihuahua since the time you showed me how to massage his feet. He is very anxious whenever anyone goes near his paws. I am taking the time to sit with him and place my hands just near his feet. Then I massage the back of his neck, at the nape. This really calms his down. So much so now that if I preempt the session by massaging this area, he is actually allows me to hold his paws for a for minutes! WOW this may not sound like progress, but to me its HUGE!! Next I want to try to do this while playing Mozart in the background ;) I'm such a geek LOL

    Love your work! you rock