Galen Myotherapists are experts at identifying even the smallest muscular issue – this is especially vital when treating all dog and especially sporting and working dogs. Why not have them checked out before you suspect anything may be wrong?
Why would you do that? The reason this is such a great idea is because when muscles are damaged, even slightly, they shorten in length which then creates a stress over the surrounding joints. The stress will cause friction which will then change the joint integrity and possibly create a secondary arthritic or vertebral condition. Bones do not go wrong by themselves!
The two common muscle damage scenarios that create chronic pain:
SCENARIO 1: TRAUMA – MUSCLE FIBRE DAMAGE – REPAIR AND SHORTENING OF FIBRES – STRESS OVER JOINTS – REDUCED RANGE OF MOVEMENT – STIFFNESS AND LAMENESS
SCENARIO 2: UNDERLYING CONDITION – PAIN COMPENSATION – OVERLOADING – ADAPTIVE CHANGE (muscle fibres adapting to take extra load) – POSTURAL CHANGE
Muscles move bones, so if muscles are damaged they will affect the bones and joints.
A dog should always be checked for muscular damage after any trauma. More often than not the more serious accidents are treated from an emergency perspective then the muscle implication is completely overlooked as it isn’t ‘an emergency’. These situations are when dogs become lame almost from nowhere because the insidious muscle damage has suddenly hit critical! No amount of xrays show up the issue because it is a deep seated muscular problem.
Another valuable point, is if your dog is balanced and loading equally through his body, his ‘traction’ will be better and the likelihood of accidents if reduced.