East York Animal Clinic is excited to announce that Canine Massage Therapy is now available on site by Jacen Tearrik, CCMT, of Every Dog's Knead.
Benefits of Massage:
- Increased circulation
- Larger range of motion
- Alleviate stiffness
- Increased toxin excretion
- Improved skin and coat through oil distribution
- Heightened mental focus
- Release of endorphins (excellent for chronic pain)
- Combating muscle atrophy
- Improved immune system
- Acclimatizes the animal to being handled
- Relaxes gastrointestinal muscles for GI support
- Prepares body for surgery and can help with post-operative recovery
How does massage work?
Massage is a non-invasive, holistic approach to help heal your animal. Using gentle strokes and various massage techniques, every animal can benefit from massage. The set of techniques is unique to each patient.
Is massage therapy safe?
Yes, massage therapy is safe in most cases. In the event of open sores, acute trauma and/or fever, massage may be postponed until the animal has been treated and stabilized by your veterinarian.
What is involved in a treatment?
First, when a pet is presented for massage, the therapist will work with you, your animal and your vet. The therapist will go over some of your pet’s medical history, activity level and lifestyle, as well as a gait assessment to gauge which techniques will be of the best benefit. This initial consultation is important, because it will help to create the foundation of the treatment to be offered. After the consult, a specific schedule will be recommended that is customized for your animal. This will begin with a relaxation massage to calm the animal and allow the therapist to connect with your pet, lymphatic drainage techniques to help expel the toxins in the body that are being forced from the tissues, and whichever complementary techniques that are needed for that animal.
Please note, not all session times will be the same. The length of treatment will depend on the comfort of the animal, and the willingness to be massaged. Session times can vary each treatment, and it is important to work with the animal to ensure that all treatments are appropriately effective. Also, in order to minimize distractions and aid in calming, most treatments will be in a separate, comfortable room with just the therapist and animal.
What to expect after a massage:
It is important that you try to keep your animal quiet for 24-48 hours after the massage. Offer smaller meals, plenty of rest and free access to clean water. During these couple of days, your animal’s body will be rebalancing itself in response to the treatment they received. The body will be attempting to cleanse itself, getting rid of toxins and metabolic wastes. It is not uncommon for an animal to be lethargic, need to eliminate more wastes and to be quiet for 2 – 3 days after a treatment. If this continues for longer, please contact the therapist.