How Often Should my Dog Receive Massage Therapy
Once again, this depends on the specific needs of your dog and also how your dog responds to a treatment. If massage therapy was used successfully, with good results, then it is more likely massage therapy will be used again. The frequency of treatment will be discussed with you by your therapist.
Teaching the Owner to do Massage at Home
At Pawsitively Fit, we like to empower owners as much as possible to care for their dogs like we would between appointments. Part of this approach is teaching owners basic massage techniques that they can use on their dog to help their dog feel better.
How is Massage Different than Myofascial Release
Myofascial release is quite different than massage. Massage is directed at soft tissues like muscles, ligaments and tendons. It can be painful if working deep into muscle tissues. Myofascial release, however, works on the fascia. Fascia is the connective tissue of the body. It is three dimensional and is present throughout the entire body. The fascia covers all muscles, blood vessels and organs. It even covers the brain!
Fascia is injured either when the stress placed on it are higher than it can withstand or it is overused. Doesn’t this sound like a muscle strain – the dog kept going until the were injured or they did a movement that was more than their body could handle. When the fascia is injured it becomes tight and restricted, preventing proper flexibility and movement of muscles, tendons and ligaments, often leading to pain.
Myofascial release is often much gentler than massage and can allow many dogs to relax that wouldn’t have for massage. Often times, myofascial release can be a more effective and accepted technique for our canine clients.
Here’s a little more information on myofascial release from an old blog post.