Dogs and Small Animals
For all dogs, daily life can create micro traumas and injuries as they run around on slippery floors, sliding and banging into walls and furniture, or even running around and tackling each other. When Dr. Pat first introduced her Posture Prep for dogs at the 2012 National Dog show in Oaks, Pennsylvania, owners and dog handlers had a new way to offer relief to their pets by giving them a muscle massage that also allows for myofascial release.
Knowing the advantages that exist by having dogs in our lives, Dr. Pat continues to expand her Posture Prepping system to support agility, performance, working (rescue and service), and companion dogs. Performance dogs in agility and flyball are often compulsive, burning off too much energy before they compete in events. Posture Prepping before their event will help to focus them and “warm up” their muscles and body. For all working and competing dogs, owners and handlers often don’t realize how much these hard-working dogs can benefit from a massage and the myofascial release. It is one way to keep these dogs comfortable and active.
Other small companion animals, such as cats, welcome the tool as part of a daily grooming routine and will make sure their humans know how much they look forward to their Posture Prep session. Daily life activities can create compromised posture in any pet and a Posture Prep session can provide relief and relaxation for your loved companion.
But it’s not only dogs that enjoy and benefit from the Cross Fiber Grooming technique. Studies show that humans also benefit from this type of bonding interaction with their pets. Maybe you’ve heard of the oxytocin system and how it helps create strong human-to-human bonds. A study in Frontiers in Psychology discusses why some scientists believe the same system operates to create strong human-animal bonds leading to benefits such as a lowered heart rate and blood pressure, reduced aggression, and enhanced empathy. Another article in Psychology Today reports that these effects work faster than many drugs taken to reduce stress. This can explain why we see more animals used in therapy and education. How can you not smile when hugging a dog or a cat?