Myotherapy [sports massage] is a specific complementary therapy specialising in the treatment of damaged or injured muscle and allied soft tissue often associated with loading or postural issues. Muscle pain is under estimated, often causing stress that will have a negative effect on how the dog functions both physically and psychologically. Myotherapy, based on Swedish Remedial Massage promotes muscle function by easing congestion within the fibres, caused through injury, compensatory or repetitive strain issues. By releasing tension and increasing muscle length, joint function is improved and ‘optimum ‘range of movement’ is achieved. This results in improved mobility, performance and a reduction in pain perception.
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Massage can help a dog to recover from:
- Lameness – intermittent or consistent
- Back pain
- Post operative recuperation
- Post trauma – all types of accidents
- Lack of performance
- Stress and related behavioural issues.
Myotherapy can form part of the management programme for treating the secondary or compensatory issues of:
- Hip / Elbow Dysplasia
- CDRM [chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy
- Cruciate Issues
- OCD [osteochondritis dissecans]
With performance and working dogs, problems are not always due to training issues, Myotherapy can help dogs with a lack of / or inconsistent performance:
- Lack of drive
- Reluctance to perform
- Lack of concentration
- Any form of post exercise stiffness
- Measuring before a jump
- Isolated muscular heat
All dogs require veterinary consent prior to treatment as per the Veterinary Surgeons Act of 1966. This act is in place to ensure your dog gets the best possible care from qualified therapists, so that all professionals involved know what treatment is given.
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The first consultation tends to be 1.5 hours as the therapist takes your dog’s history and you discuss your dog’s case.The massage treatment, although gentle and on the dog’s terms, can make your dog very tired and he or she will need to rest for up to four days afterwards. Any home advice will be discussed during the consultation. We recommend an initial three to four treatments 7 – 10 days apart for the best result and a follow up session 6 weeks later to ensure your dog is improving. If there is no change or improvement after three treatments there could be an underlying, undiagnosed issue and your dog will be referred back to the vet for further investigation.