About Galen Myotherapy


Myotherapy is derived from the prefix ‘myo’, meaning ‘relating to muscles’ .  Therapy, as a direct therapy for muscles, meaning hands-on and also exercise management.

Galen Myotherapy is a unique and highly specialised manual and exercise management therapy in dogs.  It uses appropriate, effective and targeted massage techniques and exercise to  manage chronic muscular pain, reduce inflammation and to maximise muscle function.  As written about in the ‘World Small Veterinary Association – Journal of Small Animal Practice. Vol 55 , June 2014.’ 

Galen Myotherapy is an authentic approach, using unique knowledge that has been developed by Galen’s founder Julia Robertson through her treatment of over 8,000 dogs since 2002.  She was one of the first, if not the first known dedicated canine practitioners of this type in the UK.

THE BEGINNINGS: The therapy was first conceived when Julia’s own Labrador puppy, Huffo, who aged 6 months, was recommended to be put to sleep because he was suffering from an inability to lift his head from the ground.  This proved to be a relatively simple muscular problem and through Julia adapting exercises she was able to improve this condition and he lived happily until he was 17 years old!  This started Julia’s ‘nightmares’ as she realised that many dogs were being put to sleep due to a painful, but manageable, muscle problem. Huffo and his neck were the foundations of Galen Myotherapy.

Julia has learned through the years of dedicated specialised experience, that trends and patterns of behaviour and physical changes occur in a dog when they are suffering with muscular pain. Based on this and her clear understanding of animals, the therapy has developed to where it is today, incorporating the unique approach to the dog and handler.

Galen Myotherapy has in part derived from massage as has physiotherapy; the difference is that physiotherapy is a specialist treatment for acute post-operative conditions whereas Galen Myotherapy is more intended for the chronic cases.

This knowledge is  now proving invaluable for Veterinary Surgeons and Para-professionals that are enrolling on the Galen Myotherapy course so that they can improve their own practice.

Galen Myotherapy is also unique in its approach to how they work with their dogs they treat.  Every Galen Myotherapist will give the dog choice, they will allow the dog to walk around during treatment and choose their treatment. The use of muzzles is extremely rare and all Galen Myotherapists work at ground level.

This unique knowledge is taught through the Galen Myotherapy Diploma.  Julia is in demand all over to world to speak and train people so they too can start to recognise dogs in chronic pain.

Galen Myotherapy and Julia Robertson have now gained allegiance of such canine luminaries as Turid Rugaas, who invites Julia to join her to train her students so that they have the added knowledge of recognising pain in dogs – but also, adopting the same approach of giving the dogs choice!

Turid Rugaas: Dogs with behaviour problems often have muscle pain, and the real problem is not discovered. Julia is a great teacher, and she will teach you how to understand muscles and build them up the right way, how to assess a dog’s muscle problems, and how to help the dog. This is a unique chance of learning about an extremely important part of the dog’s body 


What is Canine Myotherapy?

Galen Myotherapy is a hands-on, manual therapy that uses specific and effective massage techniques.

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