The Benefits of Massage for Senior Dogs – Wellness and Comfort

As our precious canine companions age, they may experience various physical and emotional changes that can impact their wellness and comfort.

Massage offers numerous benefits to your beloved senior dog that will promote relaxation and pain relief to improve their quality of life.

In this blog, we will dig into the awesome advantages of massage therapy for senior dogs, to shed light on how it can help them move better, feel better and be happier.

Eases Joint and Muscle Pain:

Senior dogs often suffer from arthritis, and muscle tightness and stiffness, which will lead to discomfort and will reduce their mobility. Massage therapy can be helpful in decreasing muscle tension and promoting the release of natural pain-relieving hormones like endorphins.

Regular massage sessions can contribute significant relief, allowing senior dogs to move more comfortably and experience less pain.

Enhances Circulation:

Older dogs, and humans, have changes in their circulation, typically the blood vessels are less able to pump blood around the body. Massage stimulates blood flow, enhancing better circulation and improved oxygen and nutrient delivery to muscles, joints, and organs.

Reduces Anxiety and Promotes Relaxation:

Senior dogs may undergo increased anxiety as a result of cognitive decline, separation anxiety, or a general sense of discomfort stemming from the changes in their aging bodies and environment. Massage therapy can provide a soothing and nurturing environment that can relieve their anxiety and will promote relaxation for them. With gentle strokes, relaxing touch, and being able to release stress-reducing hormones like serotonin, massage helps senior dogs feel secure, loved, and at ease. Massage can also enhance their sleep quality, allowing them to rest more deeply and will wake up rejuvenated.

Muscle flexibility:

Massage not only decreases muscle tension/tightness but when combined with gentle stretching techniques can enhance muscle flexibility, thereby increasing muscle movement and joint range of motion to help them move better and ultimately have better quality of life and function.

Boosts Immune System and Detoxification:

Massage therapy stimulates the lymphatic system, which plays a vital role in the elimination of toxins and waste from the body. Massage helps remove metabolic waste and boosts the immune system, to fight off any illnesses and to maintain overall health. A stronger immune system can be extremely beneficial for senior dogs, as their bodies become weaker and more vulnerable to infections and any age-related health issues.

If you’d like to improve your dog’s movement, comfort and quality of life, you can contact me for home massage sessions for your dog!

Available in St George and Sutherland Shire areas only.

Find out more here

Sending cuddles to your senior dog,

Kylie 💙🐾

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