Dog competitions and performance

Canine athletes who perform in dog competitions such as agility, flyball and other competitive sports are often asked to perform repetitive activities that are demanding on their musculoskeletal system. These activities put considerable stress on a dog’s spine, muscles and joints and can lead to biomechanical dysfunction with short and long term consequences for your dog’s performance and overall health. Moreover, injuries often occur due to direct contact with an obstacle, jumping, slipping and falling, and most of these injuries are soft-tissue related. 

Smaller injuries likely become detectable only gradually over time. It is therefore imperative to look out for subtle signs as early detection often allows more effective treatment and more complete return to function. 

How we can help

At Paws4Paws we address tense and sore muscles that are very common when repetitive and high impact activities are involved. We use a variety of modalities such as remedial massage techniques, myofascial pain and trigger point release, passive and active range of motion exercises, stretches and acupressure to release tension, improve range of motion, release restricted fascia and reduce pain. Regular assessment and treatment also reduces the risk of injury as we can identify and address problem areas before they become sinister.