Spondylosis is a degenerative spinal condition that usually occurs in older dogs. Bony spurs can form bridges from one vertebrae to the next, limiting flexibility and range of motion.
It is generally thought to be a chronic condition that effects dogs as they age, but could be impacted by repetitive pressure and stress on the same joints, or as a result of major injury where the body responds by growing new bone, or a dog may have genetic predisposition to this.
The majority of dogs with spondylosis deformans are asymptomatic, but occasionally the bone spurs restrict the movement of the spine and the dog may appear stiffer or less flexible. If the spurs press into surrounding tissue this can produce pain and discomfort.
If a bone spur grows near a nerve root as it leaves the spinal canal, it may put pressure on the nerve causing pain or lameness and can cause motor and sensory disturbances accompanied by muscle weakness, loss of balance or gait irregularities.
How Canine Myotherapy helps Spondylosis
Canine Myotherapy may be useful in helping to control the referred pain of spondylosis from irritated nerves. Fexibility can be promoted by decreasing tension within the dog’s spinal muscles and by easing the surrounding tissues that could be exerting pressure on nerve endings.
Myotherapy can also help alleviate the compensatory issues the dog may have developed as a result of this condition, it will help by improving the range of motion and flexibility, and can lead to a decrease in pain and muscular tension.