In addition to conventional medicine, we may often recommend some alternative therapies that can safely and successfully be used to treat your pet. Sometimes these will be combined with medication, and in other instances, they can prove to be beneficial as a standalone treatment. One of the most common alternative therapies that we frequently recommend for pets suffering from significant or chronic pain is a medical massage.
The healing power of hands has been used virtually as far back as records began. While massage somewhat faded into the background with the arrival of modern medicine, today, an increasing number of people are re-identifying and benefitting from the process. Most human massage techniques are designed to promote pain relief, a reduction in stress levels and improved mobility from the day to day. The same benefits can be experienced by your pet.
Massage eases pain in several different ways. Firstly, it stimulates circulation, increasing blood flow to those parts of your pet’s body which are stiff and sore. This additional blood flow will also warm the muscles, making them feel less tight. Studies have also found that massage releases the brain’s natural painkillers – opioids, as well as increasing the speed with which oxytocin is released. Oxytocin is a hormone that relaxes muscles and induces feelings of calm and contentment. This can help your pet feel more relaxed and focus less on his discomfort.
Medical massage for pets can help with many different health problems that your furbaby may be experiencing. Some of the key benefits to this technique include:
Increased oxygenation of the blood which is important for efficient healing
Stronger immune system
A reduction in age-related body deterioration
A reduction in symptoms related to hip dysplasia and arthritis
Reduced muscle tension, soreness, weakness, and spasms
Reduced fatigue and malaise
Resolved gait irregularities
Relaxes and calms your pet
Helps with general emotional and psychological wellbeing
If your pet is suffering from a painful health condition, and are considering other options in place of or to complement conventional pain relief, medical massage may be able to provide the relief that he needs. To find out more about this successful, non-invasive therapy, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced and compassionate veterinary team.