Galen Myotherapy®

What is Galen Myotherapy?

Myotherapy is derived from the prefix MYO’ from the Greek word meaning ‘of muscle; relating to muscles’.

Galen Myotherapy is a highly specialised complementary manual therapy that uses appropriate and targeted massage techniques to manage chronic muscular pain and inflammation.  Using these techniques, exercise and lifesyle adaptations to promote muscular and tissue health, relieve muscular tension and much more; caused by underlying health conditions, injury or repetitive stress.

What can it help with?
 Galen Myotherapy can be extremely effective in helping to manage many conditions including:

  • Osteoarthritis,
  • Hip dysplasia,
  • Elbow dysplasia,
  • Spondylosis,
  • Sub-luxating patella,
  • Cruciate problems,
  • Pre and post surgery,
  • CDM (Canine Degenerative Myelopathy),
  • OCD (osteochondritis dissecans),
  • Repetitive stress injuries that are commonly caused by ball chasing, sliding on wooden floors and jumping in/out of cars,
  • Compensatory muscular issues
  • Working and agility dogs
  • Compensatory issues caused by another health issue,
  • and as part of an overall wellness plan.

Galen Myotherapy can help with many, many conditions and all dogs, from puppyhood to their senior years.


Benefits of Galen Myotherapy

Some of the many benefits of myotherapy include:

  • Can provide pain relief for the conditions above
  • Improved weight bearing
  • Improved gait and mobility of joints
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Can give your dog confidence with being touched
  • Can help provide improvement with chronic posture and loading issues
  • Post-operative recovery and post trauma
  • Supporting the healing process after injury
  • Improved concentration
  • Enhanced performance in working and sporting dogs
  • Relaxation of muscle spasm.

In human massage, we know that:

  • Regular massage can strengthen the immune system as it increases white blood cells and stimulates nerve receptors.  This could help to prevent disease as it has helped boost the body’s immunity and ability to heal itself.
  • Massage can stretch the sheath or fascia surrounding the muscle, enabling a release of the tension surrounding that muscle.
  • Massage helps to reduce pain by the release of endorphins into the bloodstream, which has pain-relieving properties similar to morphine.  Endorphins then attach to opiate receptor neurons.  These reduce the intensity of pain in the body by naturally block pain signals produced by the nervous system.
  • Massage causes serotonin and endorphin release into the bloodstream, which lifts moods. Massage can also stimulate pain blockers and reduce the feelings associated with chronic pain, enabling a person to feel better.



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