Dog getting a massage: Myofascial Therapy in Canton

Does Your Pet Have Myofascial Pain Syndrome?

If your pet is experiencing chronic pain, they may have a disorder known as myofascial pain syndrome (MPS). MPS often develops as a result of chronic pain or acute injuries such as trauma or recent surgery. This leads to pressure on sensitive "trigger" points in your pet's muscles, and greater pain in other unrelated areas of the body. At Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital, managing and reducing pain in pets is one of our highest priorities. With the proper tailored treatment, we can help reduce your pet's chronic pain and improve their activity levels.

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy and Dry Needling

Myofascial trigger point therapy involves applying sustained pressure on trigger points to loosen connective tissue and restore movement. For more effective treatment, we use a technique known as dry needling. With dry needling, a thin acupuncture needle is placed at various trigger points on the body to relieve muscle tension. When the needle is placed, it causes a contraction in the taut muscle that, when released, provides prompt relief.

What To Expect for Your Pet's Treatment

With myofascial therapy and dry needling, our main goal is to reduce pain and restore mobility. To experience the full benefit, your pet will need to see us for weekly treatments until their condition has improved. An average treatment takes about 20 minutes, but this may vary based on the muscles being affected and your pet's overall condition. Furthermore, we do not treat every single trigger point your pet has; we only treat the ones responsible for your pet's pain.

Veterinarian examining cat: Myofascial Therapy in Canton

Does Your Pet Have Myofascial Pain Syndrome?

If your pet has been diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome, contact our hospital to schedule an appointment. Dr. Petty and his team will take whatever time is needed to fully understand your pet's condition and how it affects their daily life. From there, we will help you choose the most workable treatment for their needs. Call us today at (734) 844-8844.

Dr. Petty and his Arbor Pointe staff are so very compassionate and extremely professional! I’ve taken my dogs and cats here for years. The clinic is pristinely clean! I very much appreciate their excellent communication and total up to date knowledge for the needs of my fur babies! Highly recommend!

Debbie C.

Jake was never a “normal” dog. Everything seemed to hurt or scare him. When my vet suggested I see Dr. Petty, I immediately made an appointment. Despite the hour trip, we have been seeing him ever since. Jake is a much happier boy. Now that Dr. Petty has cared for him, he is living his best life.

Beth W.

When the emergency veterinarian said my cat was going to die, I went to Dr. Petty. After a series of treatments, my cat lived 9 more years. Ever since, I have brought all my pets to Arbor Pointe. Dr. Petty is kind, compassionate, wicked smart, willing to think outside the box, and just a darn good veterinarian.

Kim T.


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