Galen Myotherapy treats lameness and stiffness in dogs, often relating from other conditions, old injuries or commonly, repetitive strain issues. It treats chronic muscular pain that can result in physical and a multitude of behavioural changes. Chronic muscular pain is widespread and often misdiagnosed and therefore often not offered the correct treatment. So many dogs are often suffering in silence.
What is the treatment?
Galen Myotherapy is a unique and highly specialised manual therapy and exercise management. It uses appropriate, effective and targeted specialised massage techniques and exercise management to manage the chronic muscular pain and inflammation that is caused from many different conditions that are so common in a dogs life.
What is it for?
Galen Myotherapy can be highly effective in many conditions and situations, including:
- Repetitive strain injuries -one of the most common causes
- Ongoing lameness that’s typically difficult to pin-point and accurately diagnose
- Osteoarthritis – especially in dogs that are intolerant to anti-inflammatory drugs
- Sub-luxating patellas (think the ‘Jack Russell Hop’)
- Behavioural issues
- Compensatory issues.
- Whiplash caused from impact at speed
- Enhancing the health and performance of sporting dogs – ‘Keeping Working Dogs Working’
How can I be sure my dog needs help?
Practically every lameness in a dog will be from a muscle problem.
Most of the conditions we see are as a result of underlying conditions, old injuries or repetitive strains.
It could stem from an accident or injury a dog has suffered that’s been treated solely with rest and not any muscular therapy. Alternatively, an injury or trauma could have treated, but serious and undiscovered muscular harm was left untreated. This is incredibly common.
Repetitive strains are also typical, and can result from inappropriate exercising or activities or environmental problems such as slippery floors or jumping in and out of a car.
To assess if your dog might be in need of some treatment, Does your dog need Galen Myotherapy?
Why is muscle pain so important to understand?
When the body suffers muscle pain the affected muscle starts to physically ‘wind up’ and actually shortens in length. This becomes apparent when observing changes in a dog’s posture.
The ‘winding up’ is due to the pain from the injured or inflamed muscles. The body is trying to avoid using these painful regions where possible, further inhibiting it.
This inhibition or lack of good function through pain or restriction creates a compensatory process or adaptive change.
A dog suffering muscle inhibition from any cause or condition (such as osteoarthritis or an injury) will present with a lameness – either intermittent or ongoing – or a stiffness.
These can be inconsistent symptoms but, unfortunately, will not be cured by rest alone.
The affected muscles will adapt to their new physical environment by becoming overworked and inflexible. This in turn creates insidious, ongoing, detrimental changes in the dog both physically and psychologically.
It’s therefore important to remember that dogs often suffer in silence!
We can’t see or might not notice their growing levels of pain. When we do, it’s often rationalised that the dog is simply ‘getting old’.
Mobility is essential for total health of all the body’s systems; not just the muscular, but the digestive, circulatory, neural, immune, skeletal, digestive, urinary, excretory, nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems.
After therapy, we’ll occasionally find that dogs seemingly unrelated symptoms are alleviated after the Myotherapy treatment!