Guest post by our extraordinary veterinary technician and animal massage therapist, Sarah Werick, LVT, CAMT
Touch. Humans and animals alike crave it. The desire for touch is an instinctive need to fulfill a physiological requirement. Though the practice of massage therapy has been utilized since ancient times, it has become one of the most popular wellness and rehabilitation therapy aids in recent years. Massage and rehabilitation therapy by definition is the use of fingers, hands, and machines to manipulate soft tissues and to stimulate at the cellular or neurological level of the body to improve healing and recovery.
The number one treatment for humans in China is massage therapy and herbs, followed by acupuncture for pain, and finally western medicine. The importance of health care for animals is indicated by early Chinese medical textbooks that include acupuncture points and massage techniques as early as 90 B.C.
You might be surprised by how many conditions benefit from massage therapy! Some of these conditions include relief from pain, reduction of swelling and edema, reduction of muscle tension, improvement of circulation, promotion of tissue healing, reduction of fibrous tissue and adhesions, improved range of motion, reduction of inflammation, improved healing post-surgery, injury prevention, emotional support, and much, much more.
Since animals often take on their peoples stresses, managing your own stress is important for your pet's health too! Consider getting a massage for yourself too, or maybe some acupuncture!