A Galen Myotherapist will only ever work on dogs that have a signed veterinary consent form in accordance with the Veterinary Act. To download the consent form click here
Galen Myotherapy © is a specific and targeted manual therapy which treats chronic muscular pain and lameness in dogs. We treat often painful and disguised compensatory issues from underlying pathologies such as osteoarthritis (this is especially effective for those dogs that are intolerant to NSAIDS.) We also treat compensatory issues related to DJD, hip/elbow dysplasia, general lameness, cruciate issues and sub luxating patella. As well as these conditions, we treat muscle tension and pain in the back and neck as well as other general issues related to the muscles.
Galen Myotherapy © uses very specific palpation that can identify where pain is originating as often these compensatory issues can be more painful than the original issue. Adaptive changes and compensatory issues cause massive postural changes which in turn exacerbates the chronic pain.
As a treatment, it uses dedicated and specific massage and manual techniques to create a controlled inflammatory response to effect change and repair to muscle fibre. It is a highly effective method of treating chronic muscular pain in dogs that is typically an essential form of treatment with pathologies such as osteoarthritis as well as any form of palliative care.
Galen Myotherapy has discovered important correlations between chronic pain and specific behaviours and physical changes.
Physical modalities can be used to diminish pain, promote soft tissue healing, improve muscle extensibility and facilitate muscle strengthening. Physical modalities that have been studied in human and animal models include but are not limited to the following.
Manual techniques The application of hands-on treatments can effect tissues mechanically and physiologically to decrease pain, increase circulation, reduce swelling, increase soft tissue extensibility and normalize joint mobility: Joint mobilization: In human and rat models manual application of forces through inflamed and non-inflamed joints increases mechanical nociceptive thresholds.
Journal of Small Animal Practice. Vol 55 , June 2014