Massage helps to relieve constriction of the soft tissue surrounding the chest. Where there's constriction of the diaphragm, pectoral and lateral trunk muscles, the ability of the lungs to inflate is inhibited. Massage is also great for breaking up congestion and fluid that may be trapped in the lungs.
Massage can help with digestive issues in a number of ways:
- Colic - Decreases spasms in the colon
- Irritable bowel and colitis - calms the nervous system
- Constipation/Diahhrea - Helps regulate movement or peristalsis
- Acid reflux - Decreases spasms in associated structures
Massage increases blood flow through the kidneys, helping rid the body of toxins and waste.
Massage increases circulation which transports hormones, stimulates metabolic function, and helps to bring the body into homeostasis.
Massage enhances blood supply to all organs. Any increase of blood supply is always beneficial in promoting healthier tissue and more functioning capacity.
Massage helps to calm the dog.
Massage promotes lymph circulation and drainage. Decreases swelling trapped in interstitial space of tissues (the space between cells). Promotes the parasympathetic response - Massage is soothing!
- Promotes relaxation
- Decreases pain
- Relieves local and referred pain
- Stimulates release of endorphins
- Stimulates pressure receptors and interferes with transfer of pain information to spinal cord
- Interrupts pain cycle by relieving muscle spasm, increases circulation, and promoting rapid disposal of waste products
- Activates sensory receptors
- Enhances range of motion, increasing the movement at the joints
- Enhances circulation to the tissues around joints
- Promotes the retention of minerals
- Acilitates fracture healing
- Increases blood flow to the tissues, reducing soreness and congestion
- Helps reduce edema, scar tissue, muscle spasms, constriction, trigger points, and lethargic, undernourished muscles
- Restores muscle function and enables movement which promotes joint health
- Massage techniques are used for recovery for overused, tired muscles and for preparation before any type of activity
- Increases circulation to the skin
- Nourishes the coat
- Serves as the primary receptor of the nervous system
- Helps to heal scar tissue and regenerate loose and flaccid tissue
- Increases skin temperature
- Improves skin condition by supporting normal gland activity and ridding skin of dead cells
- Breaks down adhesions allowing blood to flow
- Reduces scarring *Promotes elasticity of skin
- Promotes shine and softness of coat
Massage benefits the cardiovascular system by acting as a manual pump to increase blood flow to the tissues and returning blood flow back to the heart.