043033 UC Ingalls Mental Health Awareness Month Ad Reoirter
Certified Canine Massage Therapist and Owner of Feel So Good Canine Massage, JoAnne Dykhuizen, discussed the many physical and psychological benefits of canine massage at the library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., Evergreen Park. (Photo by Kelly White)

Certified Canine Massage Therapist and Owner of Feel So Good Canine Massage, JoAnne Dykhuizen, discussed the many physical and psychological benefits of canine massage at the library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., Evergreen Park. (Photo by Kelly White)

SW Regional Publishing Peoples MORTGAGE Banner Ad 728x90 03 31 22

Residents learn the benefits of canine massage at the Evergreen Park Library

By Kelly White

Summer can leave some pets stressed.

In order to cure some of that anxiety, the Evergreen Park Public Library held a class on understanding the benefits of canine massage.

JoAnne Dykhuizen, a certified Canine Massage Therapist and owner of Feel So Good Canine Massage, discussed the many physical and psychological benefits of canine massage and demonstrated a few techniques patrons could use to attain astounding results with their canine during a recent visit to the library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., Evergreen Park.

“I feel most people have never heard of canine massage before so they don’t really know what it is or understand how beneficial canine massage can be for their dog,” Dykhuizen, of Tinley Park, said. “Most people think only senior dogs can benefit from massage. So not true. Any dog from puppy through senior dog can benefit from massage.”

Canine massage therapy is a form of alternative therapy the benefits of which may include relaxation, increased oxygenation, relief from pain, improved joint flexibility, as well as miscellaneous benefits to the immune system. It uses touch to maintain or improve both physical and emotional well-being.

Emotionally, massage accustoms dogs to touch and enhances the bonding relationship to humans.

“By paying early attention to your dog, it will benefit in the long run and can add years to your dog’s life,” Dykhuizen said.

Dykhuizen, who has been working as a licensed canine massage therapist since April of 2013, said through direct work on the dog’s soft tissues, canine massage can improve blood flow, alleviate stress, reduce pain, relax tight and sore muscles, and help heal sprains and strains. In addition, many believe it also strengthens the immune system, improves digestion, and lowers blood pressure.

“Not all dogs show their pain,” Dykhuizen said. “In fact, 60 percent of dogs hide their pain, so my question to pet parents is, what pain is your dog hiding from you?”

There are numerous canine massage techniques that are used in canine massage and each session is customized to meet the individual dog’s needs.

“For pet owners who themselves get a massage, canine massage therapists use Swedish Massage techniques which are the same techniques used by human massage therapists,” Dykhuizen said.

There are also techniques that are easy to do right at home: effleurage, which consists of long, soothing strokes used to begin, transition and end the massage. This technique helps the dog relax, warms up the underlying tissues, and encourages blood flow throughout the body; and petrissage, which is kneading or rolling motions created by fingertips that increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage and stimulate the removal of any toxins that may be trapped in the tissues. This technique is commonly used on the dogs’ ears, typically one at a time.

Dykhuizen reminded dog owners to be gentle, go slow and to always consider seeking out a certified canine massage therapist for dogs with serious health issues. Canine Massage Therapy should not be used as a substitute for veterinary medical care. A veterinarian should be consulted regularly, particularly if issues that may require diagnosis or medical treatment are present.

Her own interest in canine massage developed right at home.

“When my husband, John, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he had read that golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers were good dogs for people with disabilities,” Dykhuizen said. “We adopted a 9-week-old golden retriever, Duke. As Duke started getting older, he started exhibiting discomforts due to various issues that are common among senior dogs. Since Duke helped me so much after John’s death with his unconditional love and always making me laugh with his antics, I wanted to do whatever I could to help him in whatever way I could.”

Dykhuizen then began studying the benefits of canine massage and made the decision to attend canine massage school.

“Although Duke is no longer with me, I started my own business in his memory. I love working with pet owners by sharing knowledge about the importance of canine massage and ways they can help their dog maintain a good quality of life,” she said.

Local News

John Kosmowski

Feds indict Summit police chief, building inspector

Indictment says they shared a bribe over liquor license for the Mars Bar A federal grand jury this week indicted Summit Police Chief John Kosmowski and building inspector Bill Mundy with sharing a bribe from a business owner in 2017 to facilitate the transfer of a liquor license for the Mars Bar. The indictment returned…

Funeral-Flowers.4 logo

Obituaries May 26, 2022

DOROTHY F. DUNAJCIK Dorothy F. Dunajcik, age 89, of Summit, passed away peacefully May 9. She was the beloved wife of the late John Dunajcik; cherished mother of Joanne (Jim) Fenton and the late John Dunajcik. Dorothy was preceded in death by all of her siblings, Joseph (Frieda) Drobitsch, Ann (Jimmy) Farrell, Mary (Leon) Brotemarkle,…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound May 25, 2022

regional orland memorial day 2022 preview

Orland Park to add 7 names during Memorial Day ceremony

The Orland Park community is invited to join the village this Memorial Day in remembrance of those who have given their lives for our country. The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 30, at the village’s memorial, Ara Pace – Place of Peace, located outside of Village Hall at 14700 S.…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Girls Soccer: De La Salle tops Bremen for program’s first regional title

By Steve Millar Correspondent De La Salle coach Carlos Nunez has seen his teams come up a bit short in the postseason repeatedly over the years. The Meteors had never won a regional championship in girls soccer. Until this year, that is. “I’ve been in every single one that we’ve lost in,” Nunez said. “We’ve…

Mallory Pugh, middle, moves the ball during the preseason. She played her first NWSL game Sunday and had two goals and an assist. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro soccer report: Pugh tallies twice return in Red Stars’ win over Orlando

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Mallory Pugh gave a sample of what could be a big 2022 season when she scored four goals in the exhibition Challenge Cup series. But the Red Stars scoring threat missed the first two games of the NWSL season with an injury, and the team split decisions against Louisville and…

Screen Shot 2022-05-23 at 8.23.03 AM

New ward map OKed

Reflects Madigan’s power By Tim Hadac The City Council this week approved a new ward map that, among other things, will see all of Clearing and most of Garfield Ridge shifted to the 13th Ward. Midway International Airport also would shift from the 23rd Ward to the 13th. Monday’s 43-7 vote means the issue will…

Sandburg's Jeremy Johnson, the hero of a semifinal win over Homewood-Flossmoor, legs out a hit in a 6-3 loss to Lockport on Saturday at Ozinga Field. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Sandburg takes 2nd at Bajenski tourney

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer The Sandburg baseball team has had more downs than ups this season. But the Eagles finished the regular season on a strong note with a run to second place at the Steven M. Bajenski Memorial Tournament, which wrapped up May 21 at Ozinga Field in Crestwood. To get to the…

Sandburg's 3200 meter relay team of (left to right) Sean Marquardt Declan Tunney, Trent Anderson and Brock Rice ran the third-best time in the nation Thursday at Lockport and finished in second place. Photo courtesy of Sandburg High School.

Track Postseason Report: Sandburg boys 3200 relay records nation’s third-best time in 2022

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer How good was the competition in the boys track Class 3A Lockport Sectional in the 3200 meter relay? Sandburg’s relay team of Brock Rice, Declan Tunney, Trent Anderson and Sean Marquardt ran a time of 7:42.42, which tied for the third-best time in the nation in 2022. And that was…

Walter G. Copan

Gov’t. meddling may kill scientific research

By Walter G. Copan Bureaucrats are debating whether to take away patent rights on Xtandi, a prostate cancer drug, from its manufacturer. Activists have complained that the medicine’s price is too high. They argue that because the molecule behind the drug originated in a research lab that received federal funding, the government has the power…

Neighbors

AladdinsBanquets WebAd
Former lawmaker sentenced in bribery scheme

Former lawmaker sentenced in bribery scheme

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Former state Rep. Luis Arroyo was sentenced this week to nearly five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme involving a state senator and one of Arroyo’s private lobbying clients who sought favorable legislation for the sweepstakes gambling industry. Arroyo, 67, is a…

Republican governor candidates on the issues

Republican governor candidates on the issues

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Abortion, January 6, Donald Trump, Critical Race Theory and whether Joe Biden is rightfully the president of the United States were the basis of questions asked to a field of six Republican candidates for Illinois governor Tuesday. A pair of debates took place on two stages…

CAPITOL RECAP: Republican candidates debate

CAPITOL RECAP: Republican candidates debate

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The six Republican candidates for Illinois governor faced off Tuesday night in Chicago, albeit on two separate debate stages, hours after a shooting at a Texas elementary school that dominated a large portion of the debates. A scheduling conflict between two TV networks – WGN and NBC 5 –…

ANALYSIS: Illinois’ official U.S. census numbers have not changed

ANALYSIS: Illinois’ official U.S. census numbers have not changed

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday that he is asking President Joe Biden and the federal government to increase Illinois’ share of federal funding to reflect the results of a recent Census Bureau study showing the state was very likely undercounted in the 2020 census. The news…

GOP debate: Candidates address rising crime, Texas school shooting

GOP debate: Candidates address rising crime, Texas school shooting

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The six Republican candidates for Illinois governor faced off Tuesday night in Chicago, albeit on two separate debate stages, hours after a shooting at a Texas elementary school that dominated a large portion of the debates. A scheduling conflict between two TV networks – WGN and…

GOP Floor Leader Batinick ready to ‘pass the baton’

GOP Floor Leader Batinick ready to ‘pass the baton’

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Republican Floor Leader Mark Batinick, a self-described “policy guy,” came to Springfield with the goal of pushing good policy. A father of five who resides in Plainfield with his wife, Batinick said after eight years in the General Assembly, it was either time to…

Longtime lawmaker reflects on time in General Assembly, calls it ‘honor of lifetime’

Longtime lawmaker reflects on time in General Assembly, calls it ‘honor of lifetime’

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – House Majority Leader Greg Harris, the number two Democrat in the Illinois House of Representatives, never imagined landing the role of state representative – or that he would leave office feeling that he has been successful at it. The first openly LGTBQ leader in Illinois History,…

11th contempt citation filed against DCFS director

11th contempt citation filed against DCFS director

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – On Thursday afternoon, a Cook County judge found Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith in contempt of court for the 11th time for violating court orders to move children to proper placements. The 11-year-old girl at the center of the case has…

Criminal case against senior staff at state-run hospital dismissed

Criminal case against senior staff at state-run hospital dismissed

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The official misconduct case against a Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center senior staff member was dismissed on Thursday. Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Tripp dropped the charges, related to a cover-up of abuse at the state-run facility, against Choate’s quality assurance manager Gary Goins. The…

ANALYSIS: Fuel retailers sue over ‘compelled speech’ at the gas pump

ANALYSIS: Fuel retailers sue over ‘compelled speech’ at the gas pump

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] “As of July 1, 2022, the State of Illinois has suspended the inflation adjustment to the motor fuel tax through December 31, 2022. The price on this pump should reflect the suspension of the tax increase.” Those two sentences may be coming to a gas pump near you…

Regional Rich Real Estate House Ad
CRR NH Fireside Realty House Ad