Massage your dog’s head! Isn't that what petting is for? Well, not exactly, while your dog may love to have his head stroked and petted, massaging his head utilizes focused techniques to relax the head, neck, and facial muscles, organs, and tissues, to benefit your dog's health.
While we traditionally think of massage as being about the back, body, and limbs, remember that the head contains muscles as well as your dog’s brain, eyes, ears, glands, teeth, gums, sinuses, and multiple nerves and blood vessels that can all benefit from increased blood flow provided by massage. The muscles in the head, neck, and face, are just as susceptible to tension, knots, and spasms as muscles elsewhere in the body. Stimulating pressure points on the head, neck, and ears can also provide benefits elsewhere in the body, as nerves from the cranial area connect throughout your dog’s body. Massaging your dogs head can help relieve stress, anxiety, and fatigue and provide overall health benefits.
Your dog's head may not be the first place you think of massaging him, but think of all the important sensory organs, blood flow, muscles, and nerves that are located in your dog's head and neck area. A massage to this area is relaxing for your dog and can provide benefits all over his body. Massaging improves blood circulation, which is important where delicate sense organs are located in the ears, eyes, and nose. Don't forget the mouth and gums that can benefit from improved circulation, and the jaw muscles, which can become tight with stress or chewing activity. A massage of your dogs head and face will be much appreciated with many benefits.