The dog of one of my relatives has fear and anxiety problems. A few months ago the vet suggested micro-massaging the dog. I didn't know what it meant at the time.
Recently I heard about the Tellington TTouch method (TTouch if for Tellington Touch) and realised this was probably what the vet was referring to.
The method appear to be based on a set of touches performed on the dog in some specific ways and it is mentioned that benefits include higher relaxation state, increased learning performances, improved injury healing, etc. The picture shows a TTouch being done on a dog's ear.
What is this method and in what cases could its use be beneficial to the dog mental or physical health? Are there scientific data supporting its benefits?
I'm now reading the book "Getting in TTouch with Your Dog: A Gentle Approach to Influencing Behavior, Health, and Performance" so I might answer part of the question later but I'm also looking for an answer based on sources or references from other authors.