Our Approach to Massage Therapy

After an initial assessment, we will determine a personalized course of action for your dog. In the case of injury, disease, or chronic conditions, we will consult with your veterinarian to verify an integrated approach to your dog’s care.

Professional massage and myotherapy are important elements of a complete wellness program for your dog and integrate readily with all forms of canine health care, complementing veterinary and chiropractic care.  Whether you have an elderly dog, an athlete, a show dog, or simply a beloved canine companion, massage treatment restores, maintains, and enhances your dog’s overall well-being.

Benefits:

  • Aids healing after surgery and reduces excessive scar tissue build-up
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Improves range of motion
  • Increases circulation
  • Eases joint and muscle pain
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Supports behavior training
  • Provides comfort during hospice
  • Improves lymphatic drainage
  • Reduces swelling/edema
  • Aids in recovery from exercise
  • Increases the bond between pets and their people
  • Desensitizes and counter conditions a dog who is adverse to touch and handling
  • Feels good – Dogs love massage!

Therapists working in the professional clinic are nationally certified through NBCAAM and have years of experience. Sessions are scheduled by appointment, with some walk in hours available. We also offer in-home sessions in the Chicagoland area.

Every interaction we have with a dog involves low-stress handling, an approach that prevents fear from developing and counteracts fear that has already been established by previous encounters elsewhere.  Dogs who feel safe and comfortable in their environment respond positively and can experience greater benefits from their bodywork.

Types of Massage

Maintenance and Relaxation Massage
Regular massage maintains a dog’s general well-being and can provide early detection of health changes. Massage helps prevent degeneration of healthy tissues. Also, dogs who receive regular massage treatments become more accepting of all kinds of handling.

Post-Surgical Massage and Edema Management
Post-surgical massage and edema management controls and reduces acute and chronic swelling, provides comfort care and relaxation immediately after surgery, helps the body to utilize medications efficiently, and detoxifies the body of excess medication and anesthesia. It also helps to reduce pain and speed the healing process.

Palliative Care
Regular massage enhances an aging, ill, or elderly dog’s quality of life. Massage energizes the mind and helps decrease pain that comes with illness and chronic conditions, such as arthritis. Massage is nurturing and passively stimulates the dog, helping them move when they have trouble moving themselves.

Hospice/End of Life Care and Support
For those with chronic disease or at end of life, massage can ease the pain and discomfort that comes from immobility and depression. It can passively remove excess medication and toxic waste from the body and stimulate the nervous system to shut down nociceptors that cause pain. This work empowers pet parents to play a role in end of life care and provides emotional support for all involved.

Sports Massage
Canine athletes are better prepared for competition and recover more quickly afterward when massage is a regular component of the training program. Massage helps prepare dogs mentally and physically for the event and reduces the chance of injury. Massage also comforts tired muscles and reduces the potential for cramping and post-exercise soreness.

Touch Training
Touch training teaches puppies and touch-reactive adult dogs to socially interact with humans and accept different kinds of touch. A dog who learns that being touched is ok and not a threat, along with teaching them to tolerate inappropriate touch (by children and adults who don’t know the proper way to approach and touch dogs, for example), is less likely to feel anxiety and show aggression when placed in situations that might otherwise make the dog feel stressed and uncomfortable.