Medical Massage

What is Medical Massage and how does it work?
Massage has been practiced for thousands of years and is one of the earliest health treatments known to man.

Medical massage is the manipulation of soft tissue to achieve specific therapeutic goals. It is the ideal treatment for muscles that are abnormally tense or weak, which can be the result of arthritis, injury, surgery or disuse.. Medical massage also improves circulation, aiding the function of every cell by increasing delivery of nutrients and removal of waste, which can aid in recovery from almost any condition.

How can it help our veterinary patients?
Massage has wide ranging applications, but can be particularly helpful in the following conditions:

  • Intervertebral disc disease; spinal arthritis
  • Recovery from surgery, especially orthopedic procedures.
  • Myofascial trigger points: chronic muscle stiffness and disuse
  • Stress and anxiety; sleep disorders
  • Digestive disorders such as poor appetite, nausea, and constipation.

Massage in Geriatric and Hospice Patients
It would be difficult to find a geriatric or hospice patient that would not benefit from acupuncture. Many of these pets suffer from problems with pain and mobility, as well as chronic metabolic diseases.

What should I expect?
Most commonly, initial evaluations will take 60 – 90 minutes and will include (if desired) a review of your pet’s previous medical records and x-rays. In all cases a complete physical and myofascial exam will be done, as well as the first massage treatment. Depending on the condition, treatments may be recommended once twice weekly for several weeks and then once to twice monthly. Most massage treatments take 30 – 40 minutes, and nearly all pets find the sessions comfortable and relaxing.

In many cases, Dr. Thorpe recommends massage along with other physical medicine modalities such as acupuncture and laser treatment. She also enjoys teaching owners simple massage techniques that they can use on their pets between sessions. If you think your pet would benefit from medical massage in the comfort of your home, contact Sage Veterinary Services.