Galen Myotherapy

The world-leader in Canine Myotherapy education, treatment, and research

Working with you in partnership

Galen (Canine) Myotherapy is a branch of massage therapy which promotes health and treats chronic muscular pain in dogs through unique massage techniques and exercise management. We work very closely with Vets on a professional level and also through our extensive Education Program.

Galen is 100% committed to our role and responsibilities around the 1962 Veterinary Act. We not only understand our accountabilities in this, but champion it within the industry, and are committed to ensuring that NO dog is ever treated by anyone in any organisation without Veterinary Consent.

The positive effects of treatment

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


Typical Conditions that will benefit from Myotherapy

Galen Myotherapy is concerned with the prevention, management and treatment of movement and allied disorders. It encompasses detailed assessments and effective treatment programs, including specialised massage techniques along with dynamic remedial and strengthening techniques, to manage the chronic muscular pain and inflammation that is caused by the many different conditions that are so common in a dog’s life.

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
  • Behavioural issues
  • Compensatory issues
  • Whiplash caused from impact at speed
  • Enhancing the health and performance of sporting dogs – ‘Keeping Working Dogs Working’

How do we identify pain or discomfort in dogs?

Julia the founder of Galen Myotherapy, was one of the very first in the UK to understand and treat the effects of adaptive change (or muscular compensation) in dogs and through years of dedication has learned that trends, patterns of behaviour and physical changes occur in a dog when they are suffering with muscular pain.

This quantification of the nature of the changes has now been formalised into the Galen Comfort Scale©, which is being used in the many studies and treatments that Galen are involved in.

You can find out more about the people and organisations we work with by following this link.
Galen Myotherapy has a vital and specific role in managing chronic pain in dogs; so much so I have set up a whole treatment modality based on it.

Hannah Capon MRCVS Managing Director of C.A.M. and Galen Veterinary Consultant.
Galen Myotherapy has a vital and specific role in managing chronic pain in dogs; so much so I have set up a whole treatment modality based on it.

Hannah Capon MRCVS Managing Director of C.A.M. and Galen Veterinary Consultant.

Galen Canine Myotherapy Diploma for Vets

The Galen Canine Myotherapy Diploma is a Level 3 externally accredited course through the Laser Learning Awards. It allows Veterinary professionals to learn our protocols and to build Galen Canine Myotherapy into their treatments, or simply to get a broader understanding of how Galen Myotherapy supports dogs that are in pain.

We also offer a 2 week CPD version of the diploma course for registered Vets. You can read more about the courses we offer on our Education page.
Our vet recommended that our three year old yellow Labrador, Bailey, would benefit from some myotherapy from Lucy to support her recovery after partially tearing her cruciate ligament. Lucy was asked to sort out her compensatory issues in her front end and she showed us exercises and techniques as well to strengthen her back end as her gluteal muscles are not well enough developed. Bailey trusts Lucy completely and is always so pleased to see her. She sits on her lap as soon as she can to settle down for her treatment. Lucy has been working on Bailey’s tight neck muscles as well and she is showing steady signs of improvement. Lucy is a charming lady who has great empathy with dogs and is very patient and professional.

Sally, London