Did you know that animals benefit from massage the same way humans do?
Dr. Wayne "Sandy" Glass (SAMP, Northwest School of Animal Massage, USA) offers maintenance, performance and rehabilitation massage for your pet, animal companion or working animal.
Maintenance massage is intended to help an animal stay at a specific level of companionship or work for as long as possible. The physical benefits include a reduced recovery time between workouts (including playtime) due to the removal of metabolic waste products, decreased post-workout or post-play discomfort due to the release of naturally occurring endorphins, and prevention of chronic conditions through regular monitoring and early detection. Examples of animals who would benefit from a program of maintenance massage include companion animals (pets), healthy athletic animals, geriatric pets and working animals (scent dogs, police dogs, cattle/sheep dogs, assistance dogs). The greatest benefits of maintenance massage are usually achieved with 1 to 2 massage treatments per month.
Performance massage is ideal for a dog that is being asked to raise its level of fitness through training or competition, or for a dog that is trying to regain a level of performance it previously had. In addition to those listed above with maintenance massage, the physical benefits of performance massage include consistency of performance, improved muscle memory and neural function and correction of poor postural habits. Examples of animals that would benefit from performance massage include show dogs and cats, dogs in training, young dogs beginning work, pets transitioning from shelter to home and breeding animals. The greatest benefits of performance massage are usually achieved with 3 to 4 treatments per month or as a competition schedule dictates.
Rehabilitation massage is intended for animals suffering from a recent illness or injury or those in an otherwise debilitated state. It is used as a treatment program that aids an animal's body in reaching a state of physical equilibrium and facilitate natural healing, usually as a complementary therapy to a veterinary treatment regime. Examples of dogs who would benefit from rehabilitation massage include hospitalised pets, malnourished animals, shelter animals, geriatric pets and confined animals. In most cases, rehabilitation massage will be done in consultation with an animal's medical provider to develop and monitor an appropriate care program. It is the most intensive program, with most animals achieving greatest benefit from treatments administered daily to every 3-5 days until the animal has regained an appropriate state of wellness.
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