About Canine Remedial Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a practice that has been used for thousands of years to reduce pain, discomfort and anxiety among many other things. It is only fair that our furry friends are also given the opportunity to benefit from remedial massage therapy. That is why I want to ensure as many dogs as possible have access to massage therapy.

Every single dog could benefit from canine remedial massage, whether it be a senior dog that has mobility restrictions, a dog that is recovering from surgery or injury or an anxious dog that needs help relaxing. These are just some examples of how your canine friend can benefit from massage therapy. See below for a more extensive list of benefits.

Release the Hounds Massage is committed to working alongside your veterinarian to ensure your canine friend is comfortable and pain free for as long as possible.

I offer a mobile canine remedial massage service. I can provide a thorough assessment and treatment tailored to your dog’s specific needs in your own home.

I am based in Geelong and service the Greater Geelong region including the Bellarine Peninsula.

Benefits of Canine Remedial Massage Therapy

​There are many benefits to be had by the canine patient who receives massage as therapy. These include:

  • Increased relaxation through activation of the sympathetic nervous system- this can reduce anxiety
  • Improved circulation- assisting in removal of waste products and assisting healing
  • Reducing muscle tension that causes pain
  • Addressing compensatory muscle tightness and soreness through altered postures following injury or surgery
  • Improved muscle length leading to improved joint range of motion
  • Accelerated recovery following exercise
  • Scar re-education following injury or surgery
  • Maintaining and prolonging mobility in senior pets through ease of motion and reduction in pain
  • Helping the owner connect with their dog

Conditions that Benefit from Canine Massage

  • Arthritis- improves ease of joint movement and reduces secondary muscle compensatory soreness
  • Elbow dysplasia- reduces tension and soreness in muscles in close proximity
  • Hip dysplasia- reduces tension and soreness in muscles in close proximity
  • Neck and back pain- reduces muscle spasm and pain
  • Spondylosis- improve spinal mobility through reduction in muscle tension
  • Limb amputation- ease compensatory muscle soreness
  • Senior pets with generalised stiffness and soreness
  • Neurological
  • IVDD- surgical or conservative management- management of compensatory muscle tension in non–affected limbs, and maintain circulation in affected limbs
  • Wobblers- management of compensatory muscle tension and soreness in the cervical spine
  • Degenerative neurological conditions- management of compensatory muscle tension and soreness, and increasing circulation to affected limbs