Canine Myotherapy plays an important role in both post-operative care and with injury recovery times, by assisting with the correct rehabilitation of tissues, as well as addressing any compensatory issues and helping with the management of pain.
Damage to muscle tissue can occur as a result of trauma, injury, or through overuse in exercise, this results in damage to the muscle fibres and cells. Injured tissue can include skin, muscles, ligaments or tendons, and will need to repair following surgery, injury of trauma.
There are four key stages in the healing process in which tissue repair undergoes.
When an injury occurs this causes damage to the blood capillaries running through the muscle tissue. This causes blood to be released into and around the damaged area.
Inflammation occurs following the injury and symptoms include, heat, redness, swelling and pain. Inflammation is the bodies attempt to limit the damage caused by the injury and isolate the area to prevent further damage.
Proliferation is the repair process which restores tissue continuity by the deposition of scar tissue. The production of scar tissue usually occurs between 24 – 48 hours after the initial injury.
The remodeling phase is the final stage in the healing process, and begins to take place approximately 3 weeks after injury and can last up to a year. During this phase cell activity starts to return to normal. It is where the body tries to restructure the injury site back to the pre-injury state.
How Canine Myotherapy can help with healing
Canine Myotherapy is contra-indicated in the inflammation phase, however during the proliferation phase gentle myotherapy techniques can help stretch and strengthen the weakened tissues and help to realign tissue fibres, limiting scarring and any potential adhesions within the tissues.
By improving circulation it increases the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the tissue fibres, promoting healing, and improves lymphatic drainage which will assist with the reduction of oedema and inflammation in the tissues and the disposal of metabolic waste.
Myotherapy can help with the management of pain by soothing nerve endings and interrupting pain receptors, and by relaxing muscles improve mood by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system to release natural endorphins; chemicals capable of generating a pain blocking sensation and that create a sense of wellbeing.
Treatment can lead to a reduction in the healing time and promote flexibility and faster mobility within affected muscles and joints.