Pet Facing Surgery – Help them Recover Quicker with Massage

August 28, 2019

Benefits of Animal Massage when your Pet is Facing Surgery

Has your dog been through an operation or scheduled for one? Whether it was an orthopedic condition, neutering, abdominal surgery or a different type of surgery, according to the Institute for Integrative Healthcare, “massage on animals can be of benefit at any time, but massage can also be utilized pre- and post-event to improve performance in those animals.”

A Case Study was conducted to observe the effects of direct massage and the recovery of animals post-op when massage was initiated. The conclusion of that study, had determined that nearly all patients that were massaged recovered quicker than patients that weren’t massaged. There are also many other clinical applications that can be applied into the canine medical field. Techniques would be slightly different between chronic pain patients and sick patients. Overall, using the techniques of compression, friction and direct pressure, post-op massage patients have shown quicker recovery than non-massaged patients.

 Benefits of “Pre-Operative Care”:  Refers to health care provided before a surgical operation. The aim of pre-operative care is to do whatever is right to increase the success of the surgery.

  • Stress and anxiety relief (massage increases dopamine and serotonin levels and is linked to decreased stress levels)
  • Immunity boost, helping to raise white blood cell count and fight off infection

Benefits of “Post-Operative Massage”:  :  4-6 weeks after surgery your dog will find it beneficial to have a structured full massage session with a fully trained and certified pet massage practitioner who will integrate 4 disciplines of massage to address the following:

  • Relieve muscular tension, spasms and pain
  • Help normalize weight bearing
  • Improved range of motion
  • Interrupt the pain cycle by activating sensory receptors
  • Reduce scar tissue
  • Improving the flow of blood and nutrients to the affected area to aid in repair
  • Changes in character due to pain
  • Myofascial pain, seen as twitching along the back, tight skin, a ‘tickly’ spot in the middle of the back
  • Areas of swelling (aka edema)

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