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Regular massage and soft tissue therapy is vital for your best friend to maintain supple, healthy and strong muscles.
Therapists can help you ensure you are providing the dog with a good mix of strength, co-ordination and balance exercises that is appropriate for the dog’s performance requirements along with their age and health status. Canine massage therapists can also advise on the appropriateness of exercise for the dog with a particular view to preventing overuse and repetitive strain injuries. Finally, therapists can advise on exercise equipment such as collars and harnesses to make sure your dog’s neck is not being injured and the equipment allows free and unrestricted movement.
As our dogs live in our homes and are very much part of the family, they inadvertently can be exposed to injury risks. Canine massage therapists can advise on appropriate flooring to provide your dog with sufficient friction to prevent falls and slips. Therapists can also advise on ways of protecting your dog from injury from negotiating furniture, vehicles, and stairs.
Prevent injury and illness
During a massage treatment, canine massage therapists can identify muscle strain and “silent” trigger points that are not yet causing the dog pain but left untreated can activate, becoming painful and resulting in a more serious injury.
During a massage treatment, therapists can also identify changes in the dog’s body including detection of lumps, changes in coat or skin quality or sensitivities unrelated to musculature. Detecting these minor changes allows you to get an early vet diagnosis of potential illness.
So even though your dog may not be injured, preventative medicine is always preferable to rehabilitating a dog from a serious injury, particularly as your dog ages.
Full Stride provides canine massage treatments and remedial exercise programmes to keep dogs active and healthy. Leave me a comment with your tips on maintaining your dog’s good health and mobility.