Massage is used to help relax the muscles and increase blood flow to an area. Dr. O is a certified Equine Massage Therapist. He may use some massage techniques while treating your animals as well as show you some things that might help between visits. There are two ways for a muscle to lose or gain tone or strength compared to the bilateral symmetrical one on the other side, altered use and altered innervation. If your animal has not been using the muscles in question than massage will help to restore function. The most common reason that an animal loses tone in a limb or muscle is due to a subluxation resulting in a blockage in innervation to the area. A chiropractic adjustment is the only way to remove this blockage and restore proper nerve function to the area.