Benefits of Dog Massage Therapy

Relieves Muscular Tension

Relieves and reduces muscular tension, soreness and fatigue. Reduces trigger point formation.  Increases range of motion and tones weak muscles.  Improves balance and posture.

Beneficial for dogs with reduced mobility due to injury, loss of limb, surgery or chronic joint disease. 

Decreases Pain

Decreases pain and relieves local and referred pain caused by hypersensitive trigger points. Stimulates the release of endorphins. Pressure of a massage interferes with pain information entering the spinal cord by stimulating pressure receptors.

Interrupts the pain cycle by relieving muscular spasms, increasing circulation, and promoting rapid disposal of waste products.

Promotes Lymph Circulation

Promotes lymph circulation. Reduces swelling. Increases lymphocyte count and the number and function of natural killer cells. Promotes the excretion of metabolic wastes.   Helps with anesthesia recovery.

Increases Mineral Retention

Increases mineral retention in skeletal system and promotes fracture healing


Reduces Norepinephrine 

Reduces norepinephrine level, which is linked to the relaxation response.

Stimulates Digestion

Stimulates digestion and promotes evacuation of colon.  Relieves intestinal gas. 

Decrease Stress

Increases dopamine and serotonin levels. Linked to decreased stress levels.

Supports Immune System

Reduces cortisol level by activating the relaxation response, decreasing stress and supporting the immune system.

Reduces Respiration Rate

Reduces respiration rate.  Strengthens the respiratory muscles and improves pulmonary function.  Increases fluid discharge from the lungs.

Improves Skin Condition

Increases skin temperature. Improves skin and coat condition.  Reduces superficial keloid formation.  Reduces scarring after surgery. 


Decreases Depression

Relieves stress. It is soothing and comforting because it directly affects the parasympathetic nervous system for relaxation and mental calm. 

Decreases Blood Pressure

Dilates blood vessels and improves blood circulation.  Decreases blood pressure and reduces heart rate. Reduces ischemia. Stimulates release of acetylcholine and histamine for sustained vasodilation.

These are just some of the potential benefits of dog massage therapy.  There are many more.  Dog massage also activates sensory receptors and is a really gentle way to help dogs that are nearing the end of their life.  It can help them be more comfortable and relaxed. 

Help your pet enjoy a better quality of life through dog massage.  Call Mari today at 919-452-3467.