Some of the documented benefits of massage are:
Improved Circulation - reducing inflammation due to injury, arthritis or overwork.
Reduction of muscle spasms - common in show animals and older dogs
Enhancing the performance potential of the canine/equine athlete
Overall improved disposition of the animal
For the Equine and Canine Athlete: Show Horses, Agility & Show Dogs - a therapeutic massage will help to enhance the performance.
Older Dogs and Older Horses - reduces the symptoms of arthritis and to
heal more quickly after surgery or an injury.
For the aging animal: As all of us get older, stiffness due to arthritis can set in and make life a little more uncomfortable. A therapeutic massage can help alleviate the stiffness caused by arthritis, to allow your horse and dog to move more freely.
For the stressed or Anxious animals : - improve the animal's disposition.
A therapeutic massage is by no means a substitute for proper veterinary care. It is something that can help alleviate muscle stress. If there is something going on with the muscles (which doesn't show up on an x-ray), a massage can help.