Lady’s Comforting Massages

Because of Lady’s prior life on circus, time on inappropriate substrates, and ongoing foot ailments, she has always been stiff in her ankle and shoulder, primarily on her left side. In fact, when she arrived at sanctuary, her ankle was so swollen that there was no definition to it: her foot, ankle, and leg were the same width. Currently, she is given pain medication and anti-inflammatories as part of her care routine to keep her comfortable. 

Still, sometimes she is stiffer than others. There were a couple of days in a row lately where her left leg seemed especially rigid. In addition to her oral medications, we decided to increase the topical treatments we already use on her leg for sore joints. She always seems to appreciate the massages that she receives when those liniments are applied during her foot treatment. She’ll sometimes close her eyes and lean into things a bit, seeming to show that it feels good. 

We’ve decided to increase those topical treatments because we want to do everything we can to make sure her wandering isn’t affected, because we know she likes to do her own thing. She seems more fluid in her movements, so it does appear to be helping – and her enjoyment of the application makes it all the better.

Photo of Lady

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    Pamela Hall says

    I’m a massage therapist. I volunteer anytime to rub that sweet Lady.

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    Melinda says

    Love you sooooo much Lady Bug!

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    Lucinda Harwin says

    Do you use a cold laser on the elephants?

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      Sara says

      Yes. We use laser therapy on the elephants when they need it.

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    Carol says

    Praying for your comfort, sweet Lady. Everyone loves you and is trying their best to alleviate your discomfort. Sending prayers and positive vibes💗🫶🏻🙏🏻💗🫶🏻🙏🏻

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    Carey says

    Her past is soooo disturbing, and so unsurprising tragically. Hugely Relieved that she is finding comfort through your care. Heartfelt thanks

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    Tammy says

    Awww that’s so wonderful to hear and you know she really enjoys those treatments when she leans into them she’s so relaxed her pain level is greatly reduced. So happy she’s doing so good all things considered with her past. We all love these girls soo much and want nothing but the best and by the sound of it they are receiving the royal treatment as they should! Bet it really makes you really pleased to know what you are doing is working! You are amazing Angels on earth sending big hugs to all 🤗 💞

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    Missy says

    What a great healing story. Lady is getting the best care of her life now! I’ve retweeted the auction information, I’m looking forward to buying some goodies💜 thank you for ALL that you do for the Elephants.

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      Sara says

      Thank you so much!

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    Lori Hoover says

    Aww, I can close my eyes and almost see it. And feel the sweet relief for such a wonderful Little Lady. She so deserves it.

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    fahad al fahad says

    wish its will be comfortable after its take its treatment Compassion for animals

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