Pet massage therapy is the application of therapeutic massage techniques adapted to animals, primarily horses and dogs. Equine massage and canine massage may help with the early detection, contributory factors, treatment and restoration of musculoskeletal imbalances.
It also plays an important role in chronic pain management and rehabilitation following injury. It has a soothing effect on the nervous system which in turn can help to reduce stress and anxiety.
A qualified massage practitioner could be key in helping your horse or dog maintain its current mobility and fitness, increase it (especially for competition), or in addressing restrictions and imbalances. Equine and canine massage can also be referred to as sports massage or massage and rehabilitation.
From https://www.theacat.co.uk/ website.
What is a Nationally Board Certified Practitioner?
A practitioner of massage manipulates the soft tissues of the body with deliberate and focused touch, and may perform passive range of motion, to produce various physiological, neurological, and psychological effects supporting both physical and emotional wellness.
An acupressure practitioner applies the theories of Tradition Chinese Medicine to support emotional or physical well-being, though pressure on specific acupressure points, know through thousands of years of clinical observation to have a functional and energetic effect.
A Nationally Board Certified Practitioner of Animal Acupressure or Massage has taken at least 200 hours of education, with extensive training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, behavior, ethics, biosafety, and at least 50 hours of hands-on training in acupressure or massage. They have passed our rigorous exam and signed our ethics pledge.
From https://www.nbcaam.org/ website.
Finding someone who is certified to massage your animal correctly is important and necessary for your pets health and wellbeing! Below are some organizations to hep you find the right match for you and your animals.
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ANIMAL MASSAGE AND BODYWORK
NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION FOR ANIMAL ACUPRESSURE AND MASSAGE
DISCLAIMER: Due to the lack of regulations and the nature of the animal industry, as well as the changing practices of pet professionals - Midwest Animal Welfare Society, Inc. cannot be responsible for the actions of other pet professional companies and organizations. This includes pet professionals that have trained under the Life Changing Dog Training™ and Communicative LeashWork Process®. We will do our very best to connect you with pet resources and services and educate you on best practices, tools and information to help pet owners. However it is up to you the individual to do your own research and make a decision to hire a pet professional or work with an organization that will best meet you and your animal's needs.
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