What are fascia adhesions and tight muscles?

The fascia is your dog’s connective tissue that provides the framework for their body. It surrounds and ‘holds’ every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fibre and muscle in place. Apart from providing a framework, the fascia also has nerves that make it very sensitive, similar to the skin. If the fascia is stressed, it tightens up and develops painful adhesions and trigger points, leading to limited mobility and pain.

Muscle tension is a term used to describe a muscle which stays partially contracted for a period of time. It causes stiffness and discomfort and if not treated, can lead to chronic pain.

Why does my dog get fascia adhesions and tight muscles? 

Your dog’s fascia is designed to be flexible and stretch but age, poor posture and a lack of movement causes the fascia to thicken, become ‘sticky’ and tight. When it ‘dries up’ and tightens around muscles, it can cause tight muscles, limit mobility and the development of trigger points. 

Apart from a sticky and tight fascia, muscle tension can also be caused by stress, repetitive movements, scar tissue from a previous injury, and overuse due to compensation for other painful areas such as achy arthritic joints, hip or elbow dysplasia, tendonitis, muscle strains, or after surgery.

How we can help

At Paws4Paws we take a multimodal approach by using a variety of modalities to release your dog’s fascia adhesion, trigger points and tight muscles.

Remedial massage techniques, myofascial pain release, trigger point therapy, stretching and acupressure therapy will help to break up adhesions, release trigger points, reduce scar tissue formation, break down already existing scar tissue, remove damaged cells and toxins to stimulate healing after injury, and alleviate pain.