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Why your dog needs a massage
By BL Ochman
Benny’s holistic veterinarian, Dr Jill Elliot, introduced us to Kathryn Wallachy, who is a student in the eight-month small animal massage program at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. After 20 years as a successful interior designer, she decided to follow her passion of working with animals. As part of her program, she had to do 40 hours of small animal massage this month. Was Benny willing to try it? Look at the photos, and decide :>)
In partnership with good medical care, massage can increase range of motion, muscle tone, and overall well-being, while reducing pain, discomfort and anxiety.
Massage may boost immunity. Cortisol, which is produced when you are stressed, kills cells important for immunity, so when massage reduces your stress levels and hence the cortisol in your body, it may help you avoid getting a cold or another illness while under stress.
Massage reduces hypertension, according to a good deal of research. Massage also seems to help soothe pain from arthritis, burns and even surgery.
Bancroft’s program includes Anantomy and Physiology, Behavior/Handling/Management, Animal Health/Bio Security, Species and Breeds, Animal Massage Techniques I and II, ANimal First Aid/CPR, Passive Range of Motion and into to Biomechanics.
So listen to Benny, and ask your vet to help you find your dog a good masseuse.
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October 23, 2011