Agility is an increasingly popular sport where dogs work closely with their handlers to navigate a wide variety of challenges. Jumping, balancing, control and speed are all involved in navigating these courses. Just like human athletes, an active athletic dog will develop extra muscle tension that results from this extra activity so strains, sprains, muscle tears and contusions can occur. Dogs carry more than half of their body weight on their front legs so their shoulders and neck and back are subjected to more stress than the rest of their bodies. Agility dogs can benefit much from dog massage.
Massage as a complimentary therapy, as well as the benefits of sport massage for human, equine and canine athletes is well supported by scientific studies.Sports massage therapy has huge beneficial effects. Pre workout or pre-competitionmassage increases circulation, warms muscles, reduces muscle tension and increases flexibility. Massage after strenuous exercise or competition aids recuperation and can prevent or relieve delayed onset muscle soreness and tension. Massage works with the body to increase blood and lymph circulation that increased healing and reduces toxic waste products.
Psychologically massage has a positive effect of dogs performing in Agility competitions. They can become more relaxed, focused and more concentrated.
Try dog massage for your agility dogs to increase performance and comfort.
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