benfitsCanine massage or body work as a compliment to traditional, proper veterinary care can create healthier, happier companions.  Canine Pawsitive Touch is dedicated toward maintaining your dog's health and vitality.

What is Canine Massage?

Canine Massage is comforting purposeful touch that:

  • Helps relieve pain
  • Speeds up recovery time after surgery or injury
  • Prevents injury
  • Reduces anxiety, creating a general sense of calm and relaxation
  • Reduces stress
  • Increases energy, concentration and alertness
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Restores and increases range of motion and flexibility
  • Comforts and sooths tired muscles by removing the buildup of lactic acid
  • Comforts aging and non-active companions through passive stretch

Which Dogs Can Benefit from Massage?Jackie working on Barely 2

Massage can relieve joint pain and maintain range of motion to prevent stiffness for these animals:

  • Older dogs who suffer with arthritis, stiff joints, muscle spasms, and/or loss of range of motion in their joints.
  • Dogs with weakened or atrophied muscles.
  • Dogs who don't want to go for walks, who get up painfully or slowly from naps.
  • Dogs who struggle maneuvering stairs or have difficulty hopping up on their favorite chair or couch.
  • Rescue dogs can suffer greatly from separation anxiety having been abandoned, abused, spent time in shelters, and sometimes in a series of homes.  The constant muscle tension from being in a "fight or flight" mode can leave the dog physically ill as well as contribute to behavior problems.  Calming massage can help build trust for these dogs, allowing the dog to accept human touch and tenuously build a canine-human bond.

What Precisely Does Massage Benefit?

  • Heart and kidney problems are aided by massage.
  • Increased circulation brings nutrients to areas releasing endorphins, the body's own natural "feel good" medicine.
  • Increased circulation also helps the body get rid of toxins and waste that easily build up in tissues and muscles.
  • Joint and gait problems (hip or elbow dysplasia) can plague younger and older dogs alike.  The dog's muscles keep the joints in place but as the muscles weaken from excessive stress or age, problems can start to show.
  • Massage aids in weight management by getting dogs more toned and mobile.  Some dogs barely able to walk at their first appointment make great progress after two or three visits.
  • Gentle massage can make surgery go more smoothly as well as aid in the healing process.
  • Rehabilitation can often take a long time and massage helps reduce the formation of scar tissue, decreases pain and prevents muscle atrophy.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that th practioner works with the patient's own energy (animal or human), to assist in the natural healing process, restoring physical and emotional well-being.

  • Reiki as a compliment to traditional vet care, is ideal for working with animals as it is gentle and noninvasive.
  • It is a form of energy healing that has been used to accomplish amazing results for thousands of years.
  • The philosophy of energy healing is that illness gets its start in the energetic field due to a block or disruption in energy flow.
  • When internal energy flow is blocked, the body's natural healing system slows down, sometimes failing completely.
  • Canine massage and Reiki use your pet's internal healing system to release these blocks.
  • It reduces stress through body work and promotes relaxation.
  • Reiki helps with trust issues, and has an amazing affect with pets that have been traumatized or suffer from separation anxiety.

What is Cold Laser Therapy?

Cold Laser Therapy uses low level red and infrared light to help speed healing.  Arthritis, degenerative joint disease, fractures, joint problems, sprains/strains, hip dysplasia, ulcerations/open wounds and some soft tissue injuries are among the conditions for which laser therapy is recommended.  Results are cumulative and in most cases, have been remarkable.

Cold Laser:

  • Stimulates tissue at and below the surface of your pet's skin
  • Increases production of cellular energy
  • Promotes cellular regeneration
  • Stimulates collagen production for tissue repair
  • Assists in pain management by stimulating production of the body's natural pain-relievers
  • Activates and clears Accupressure point blockages along meridians

Please always remember that massage, Reiki, body work and other alternative modalities are meant to complement your dog's care and health.  They along with any other services provided by Canine Pawsitive Massage are NEVER meant to replace or substitute professional veterinary care.