Through the application of advanced, targeted massage techniques, myotherapy can manage and support a range of canine mobility issues; promoting optimal muscle function throughout your dog’s life and enhancing their performance, wellbeing and recovery.
What it can help
- Damaged or injured muscle and soft tissue
- Intermittent or consistent lameness
- Post operative recuperation
- Residual or compensatory effects following, trauma or injury
- Chronic postural and loading issues
- Secondary muscular tension, knots or spasms
- Pre and post event treatments to support performance
- Enhances performance and treats working and sporting dogs
- Stress and behavioural issues
Conditions that can be treated
By treating secondary or compensatory issues, Canine Myotherapy can become part of an effective management programme for the following conditions:
- Arthritis & Osteoarthritis
- Hip dysplasia
- Cruciate issues
- Luxation of the patella
- Elbow dysplasia
- Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)
How it works
Myotherapy helps to relieve congestion within the muscles fibres and to realign and lengthen shortened muscle fibres which may have been damaged through injury, compensatory or repetitive strain issues.
Dogs just like humans when they are injured or in pain will adapt the way they walk or carry themselves in order to function. This is a protective mechanism to avoid pain or discomfort, but one which will then set up a chain of muscle dysfunction in the body, which can result in body’s whole alignment being compromised.
When a dog changes its posture it is an indication that they are not comfortable or in pain, they then adjust the way they weight bear to protect the injured area, which then becomes weaker and the muscles begin to atrophy (waste away). In time they will overuse or over work other parts of their body. This will then create painful muscular problems.
Pain from muscular conditions can cause stress which will have an effect on how the dog functions both physically and psychologically, often resulting in a complexity of symptoms. Muscle pain in dogs is often underestimated and sometimes difficult to diagnose and treat.
Injury and muscle fibre damage can cause inappropriate scarring, this places added tension and stress over the joints they articulate. By identifying then treating the effected muscles, and muscle groups this eases tension and increases muscle length; joint function is improved and an optimum range of movement can be achieved. This results in improved mobility, performance and a reduction in pain perception.
These muscular conditions can be significantly improved and treated by easing congestion within the muscle fibres, using advanced targeted massage and manipulative therapy techniques, joint mobilisation and in some cases exercise rehabilitation together with an individual home recovery plan.
Canine Myotherapy can also assist with the canine athlete and working dog by manipulating muscles to enable optimum performance, along with specialised exercises for targeting muscles, strengthening core stability and creating the correct muscle patterning for the overall balance of the dog.