The physiological benefits of massage affect every system in the body.
The physiological benefits of rehabilitation massage include:
- Increases circulation
- Decreases inflammation
- Improves proprioception (can improve gait, body awareness, and performance)
- Activates the parasympathetic nervous system (for animals who are stressed or nervous)
- Stimulates the release of endorphins
- Increases cellular activity and metabolism
- Promotes healthy scar tissue formation which encourages flexibility and stability
Additional benefits of massage include:
- Reduces recovery time between workouts and removal of metabolic waste
- Decreases post-workout discomfort
- Decreases likelihood of overuse or stress-related injuries
- Stimulates the lymphatic system resulting in improved immune function
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is very powerful yet one of the mildest forms of massage. It results in improved immune function and can decrease lymph node swelling.
Rehabilitation Massage is beneficial for:
- Hospice Care
- Canine Cognitive Dysfunction
- Senior or Age Related Conditions
- Recovery from surgery (e.g. TPLO surgery)
- Neurological conditions
- Soft tissue conditions
- Orthopedic conditions
For Hospice care, rehabilitation massage provides pain management and comfort, while reducing fear and anxiety around end of life issues.
Rehabilitation massage is not a substitute for proper veterinary care.
Contact Lori for more information.