KNEADED PETS: Massage isn't just for humans!

Updated: Dec 4, 2019

Your dog's health is no joking matter. As humans, we know all too well the benefits of massage. So, do these same principals apply to animals? Of course they do! Pet massage as practiced by a qualified professional is grounded in real science - anatomy, kinesiology and psychology - and has practical applications for a pet's physical and mental health.

Since massage looks and feels like pampering, many people automatically discount its value. Pet owners often fail to realize massage therapy is not merely glorified petting. The skilled manipulation of the soft tissues of the body can have a significant positive impact on virtually all of an animal's biological systems.

Massage affects all systems of the body. Beyond the obvious benefits of relieving muscle tension, it can be a powerful tool for realigning the spine and body. Massage aids in the circulation of fluids throughout the body which assists the joints and muscles flush toxins from the tissues. The results include reduced pain and stiffness, more flexibility and greater range of motion. Massage also increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure and improves cardiovascular health. All of the benefits are simply too numerous to list, but the end result is positive to every system of your pet's body. The recuperative and rehabilitative effects of massage therapy make it ideal for geriatric pets or those recovering from injury or surgery.

In addition to the physical, massage provides enormous benefits for a pet's psychological well-being. Many studies suggest that massage stimulates the release of beneficial neurotransmitters and reduces the production of stress hormones. The result is decreased anxiety and an enhanced sense of well-being. To keep your best friend healthy, remember to meet all of her needs, not just the physical ones.

Don't overlook the positive results for social and emotional health that massage provides. Dogs are pack animals by nature and thrive on close contact with each other and humans. Consistent massage can help to build a dog's self-confidence, sociability and feelings of trust and belonging. These benefits are important to any dog, but priceless for those who have suffered abuse, neglect or other emotional traumas.

Massage is a holistic form of care. It acts upon the entire body in an effort to restore balance and increase an individual's overall wellness. Used in combination with regular veterinary care, massage provides invaluable benefits for your furry family members.

Benefits of massage:

Reduces pain and/or discomfort from stiffness, inflammation & muscle spasm

Improves muscle tone, spinal/body alignment, flexibility & range of motion

Increases energy, concentration and alertness

Reduces anxiety and stress; eases emotional traumas

Promotes blood and lymph circulation

Heightens immune system function

Aids in healing from surgery or injury

Builds trust, self-confidence and sociability

Promotes longevity and slows degenerative processes

What pets can benefit from massage?

Older pets with arthritis and other joint or mobility problems

Animals recovering from a recent injury, illness or surgery

Pets with past injuries, genetic abnormalities or chronic conditions

Pets with poor circulation

Pets that have been, or about to be, confined for an extended period of time

Pets distressed before or after vet visits, grooming appointments, lengthy travel, etc.

Agility competitors before and after competition

Show animals that need to be relaxed and look their best

Kneaded Pets, LLC is owned and operated by Carrie A. Nava. She received her Small Animal Massage Accreditation and Training from the Northwest School of Animal Massage in Redmond, WA. She is a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB). Carrie is fully insured and certified in Pet First Aid and CPR and continues to attend continuing education seminars regularly. She has over 400 hours of animal specific massage training.


I want to let you know you came to the right place for integrative and holistic health for your pet!

We are certified by the AVCA which is a top notch and rigorous certification program of 200+ hours class time followed by a written and practical board exam. We take 10 yearly hours of continuing education because we value knowing the most in order to provide the best.

When choosing adjustments for your pet, choose someone licensed, trained, and certified.

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