The canine body, like any living body requires balance or homeostasis to thrive. To maintain balance, all the body’s systems have to work together. Without this balance the systems can suffer, for example pain in the muscular system can affect behaviour patterns, the digestive system and compromise the peripheral neurological system.
The repeated postural and impact of old injuries, combined with tension generated from emotional and psychological can lead to tense and contracted fibrous muscle tissue, which can manifest as lameness in dogs. Galen Myotherapy treats the muscular tension and chronic muscular pain that can result in a multitude of physical and behavioural changes.
Chronic muscular pain is widespread and often misdiagnosed and therefore often not offered the correct treatment.
Galen Myotherapy can be highly effective in many conditions and situations, including:
- Repetitive strain injuries - one of the most common causes
- Ongoing lameness that is typically difficult to pin-point accurately
- Osteoarthritis – especially in dogs that are intolerant to anti-inflammatory drugs
- Patella subluxation (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’
Practically every lameness in a dog will be from a muscular problem and most of the conditions we see are as a result of underlying conditions, old injuries or repetitive strains.
Lameness can stem from any 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 been 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 in the home or jumping in and out of a car.