Animals in massage therapy research
The benefits of massage for animals parallel those for humans.
In fact, historically, most research into the benefits of touch and massage therapy has initially been proven with lab animals.
Animal experiments evaluating the physiological effects of massage began as early as the 1800s.
In the 1980s, Touch Research Institute began their investigation of the importance of tactile stimulation using young rats as their subjects. And at present, studies are being conducted with animals to investigate the biological process of touch.
The Chinese have produced numerous studies documenting the effects of Eastern modalities on animals such as acupressure points, energy meridians and trigger points which are all considered during a bodywork session.
Only by continuing studies on humans, researchers have provided tangible evidence of the many benefits of touch and massage.