As our dogs get older it's not uncommon to see progressing atrophy and muscle weakness. The reality is muscle atrophy is a natural part of the aging process - but just because it's a natural part of growing old doesn't mean that we as owners can't do anything to help our dogs!
What if I told you there was a complex system in your dog's body that can greatly affect their posture, mobility, emotional well-being, and performance?
The fascia is quite simply the tissue that holds you together! Injury and pain to one part of the fascia can have profound effects on the rest of the body. Knowing the role the fascia plays in the body, how it can be injured, and recognizing fascia pain is crucial for any dog owner looking to prevent injury or improving their dog's performance.
About three years ago my young, sweet and rambunctious agility dog Quinn and I were getting ready to compete in our first AAC Regional Championship. Around the same time, I started my canine rehabilitation business and life suddenly became very, very busy. As a result, something had to give and my consistent conditioning program suddenly became something I did every now and then. Have you heard the proverb "the shoemaker's children go barefoot?" that was me and my dogs. I was so busy helping others with their conditioning work that I started to overlook my own dog's conditioning.