I’m looking for things such as:
Strains – a tear to the muscle caused by overstretching. Strains can be debilitating depending on how much of the muscle is affected. A strain can be REPETITIVE (caused by something your dog does time and time again) or ACUTE (a result of a direct injury/sudden trauma)
Trigger Points – Hyperirritable bands within the muscle, commonly called ‘knots’. These cause early onset muscular fatigue (i.e.: your dog is getting tired early in their walks/performance), reduced range of motion, can be painful to the touch, cause referred pain and ischemia (oxygen and nutrient depravation to the tissue) Look to see if you can spot what we call a ‘local twitch response’ which denotes the presence of a TrP
Wide Radiating Myofascial Pain – where a large area of fascia or connective tissue
is affected causing chronic or ongoing day-to-day pain. Fascia is the riverbed
of the body allowing for nerve pathways and it also wraps every muscle and
organ individually and should allow for slide and glide. When it becomes tight we can liken it to a human wearing a pair of trousers 2 sizes too small.
On a superficial muscular check I do not assess for orthopaedic or neurological issues. Sometimes during a check such an issue may arise, and I will advise you to go to your vet for further investigation.
The muscular health check (palpation) is not a massage. For a Canine Massage, veterinary consent is required to comply with Veterinary laws 1966 and 2015.