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Massage - Soft Tissue Mobilization

Massage Therapy is focused on normalizing soft tissue using gentle, hands-on techniques.  Various massage techniques are used to increase blood flow, which improves the oxygen supply and speeds the removal of waste products from soft tissues. Another benefit is increasing tissue temperature and elasticity. The end result s are enhanced muscle tone, accelerated healing and relaxation. 

Massage can decrease pain by eliminating muscle spasms, decreasing swelling, improving joint range of motion and stimulating the release of endorphins (the body's natural painkillers). Massage can also improve the patient's conscious awareness of his/her body and promote mental and physical relaxation. Scar massage mobilizes newly formed scar tissue to prevent adhesions and promote collagen deposition in a configuration that allows for freer movement.

Acupressure can be included in a massage and involves the gentle stimulation of precise points on the body.  It is thought to: release natural cortisone, to reduce inflammation and swelling; release endorphins to reduce pain and improve energy; and to balance and optimize the body's ability to perform.

In sports medicine, massage is used in the warm-up phase to prepare the muscles and connective tissue for training, and to accelerate muscle recovery in the cool-down phase.

Indications:  Massage is appropriate for dogs: recovering from an injury, with arthritis, joint and neurological problems.  It can also be beneficial for calming dogs with nervous temperaments, aiding the ability of your athletic dog and increasing your bond with your pet.

Myofascial Release is stretching of the fascia.  Fascia is a thin tissue that covers all of the organs of the body including every muscle and every fiber within each muscle. 

When muscle fibers are injured, the fibers and the fascia surrounding them becomes short and tight.  this uneven stress can be transmitted through the fascia to other parts of the body. 

Myofascial release treats symptoms by releasing the uneven tightness in the injured tissue. Myofascial release is not massage. It works with the dog not on the dog. Light stretch is applied to an area of tightness and then the therapist waits for the tissue to relax before the stretch is increased.  feedback from the dog's body tells the therapist how much force to use, the direction of the stretch and how long to stretch.

Massage can be incorporated into a therapeutic program before stretching or bracing and before and/or after exercising. 

 

(The treatment plan will be approved by the referring veterinarian before it's implementation.)

    

 

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