This is a knotted sore contracted muscle that causes pain in your pet, not unlike ones that could cause you referred pain, stiff neck or reduced movement in your limbs. We can easily complain that we have muscular pain, but our pets with a long term painful muscle don’t often yelp or cry out.
Dr Steve Rose has 3 different methods to help release these muscles that can improve comfort in animals with prior injury, surgery or to increase their agility. Release methods include, manual release (pressure), electostimulation and needling. The best way depends on the location of the trigger point, the temperament of the animal and the tenderness of the point itself.
Often we can see immediate and long lasting benefits from therapy. Many vets are trained only to look for sore joints and lameness (limping) associated with nerve pain. We approach the whole body differently, and one of the largest organs, the muscles are not overlooked.
Trigger points are often secondary to other problems and occasionally they are the root cause as well.
So if your pet is stiff, sore, limping, unwilling to jump up, less active than it used to be, sure it could be arthritis, but have you had their muscles checked?
We especially encourage you to ask if the lameness is not responding to medications or you would like to avoid ongoing medications.