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Muscular Overcompensation

When the dog has a muscular or skeletal condition other muscles within the body will be required to work harder in order to ‘compensate’ for the problem area. More commonly the diagonally opposite limb will hold areas of overcompensation because the dog will naturally try to protect the injury.


It is not easy to detect areas of overcompensation as such because the dog may present this as the ‘primary’ area of injury however a full gait analysis should identify both the primary and secondary issues being seen.




  • Reduced rang of movement
  • Reluctance to perform normal activities
  • Intolerance to being handled
  • Abnormal gait
  • Twitching of the affected muscles
  • Reluctance to jump/go upstairs


Benefits of Massage


  • Releases trigger points/knots
  • Eases stiff muscles
  • Promotes natural range of movement
  • Eases pain
  • Promotes natural use of the limb
  • Promotes even weight distribution