Massage & the Competition Dog

It is no secret that massage is a key element of maintaining & treating the human athlete

Why should it be any different for our canine athletes?

Repetitive, intense training and competition puts a strain even on the fittest of dogs. Regular Clinical Canine Massage can not only enhance the performance of your dog but acts as a vital tool for detecting early muscle dysfunction before it becomes an issue.

* Tight, shortened, overworked muscles are prone to injury & early fatigue.

*Impaired mobility & range of motion directly affect performance.

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Massage therapy for the canine athlete can:

  • Improve Performance
  • Address performance issues
  • Reduce pain/muscular discomfort
  • Improve mobility/technique
  • Shorten recovery time post competition

How does massage help?

  • Improved blood flow: the encouragement of venous blood back to the heart enhances blood flow. This not only promotes fresh nutrients & oxygen to the tissues, but also promotes the removal of toxins from the muscular tissue
  • Reduced muscle tension & promotion of ‘normal, healthy’ muscle tone. Flexible, unrestricted muscle tone allows for a full range of motion & ease of motion. Tight, tense muscles account for restrictions & can be associated with a decline in performance. Tense/tight muscles are most prone to injury.
  • Address any injuries/muscular dysfunction, including strains – tears to individual muscle fibres, trigger points – debilitating knots, myofascial restrictions

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Signs of muscular issues in the competition dog:

  • Change in jump technique
  • Pole knocking
  • Measuring/Stutter stepping
  • Wide weaves/skipping weaves
  • Contact issues
  • Change in enthusiasm for training/competition
  • Stiffness/Gait change
  • Poor box technique 

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