I like to share questions asked by the client’s owners or people in general. Please, I welcome questions and will do my best to answer them. As time progresses there will be more questions and answers added to this page.
Q: What are the benefits of massage therapy for animals?
A: There are many benefits for animal massage therapy. Massage is the act of softening muscles by utilizing a variety of techniques. By softening the muscles, the animal can move with less discomfort. Some of the other benefits include: relaxation, stimulating the immune and other systems and assisting in recovering from an illness or injury.
Q: Can massage therapy be used with other techniques such as chiropractors?
A: Yes, massage therapy can compliment vet care or other bodywork technique such as chiropractors and acupuncturists.
Q: Does massage therapy help for rehabilitation?
A: Massage can assist during rehabilitation for an animal. Massage helps not only with softening muscles, but with emotional and mental aspects. Rehabilitation is stressful for both animal and owner. By dealing with the emotional and mental aspects of rehabilitation, the animal can become calmer and recover more safely.
Q: Can a broodmare benefit from massage?
A: Being a broodmare is not an easy job. Massage can encourage a healthier immune and digestive system during pregnancy. Also, by keeping the muscles loose and relaxed, foaling may be easier for the mare. Broodmares, especially during late pregnancy should be kept on a regular schedule for massage sessions.
Q: How often should massage therapy be used?
A: As often as possible. If the animal has lots of time off a once-a-month “maintenance” massage should be done. This “maintenance” massage insures that the animal’s muscles are soft and healthy, as well as maintaining general health. If the animal is worked regularly a weekly massage session would be beneficial. An animal, such as the horse who gives lesson, competes, does trail rides or other demanding disciplines will benefit greatly from a weekly or consistent sessions, because muscles become tense from work and stress. Stress of activity can also affect emotional and mental aspects, which massage can help reduce. Stress can also weaken the immune system, cause problems with the digestive system, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Sometimes fluids can build up from stress; fluids can be drained through the lymphatic system using massage techniques. It is important to realize that having the animal massaged once is not beneficial because of all of these considerations.