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.
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
Due to her own joint issues Teresa no longer treats dogs with myotherapy, however if you would like to learn how to support your dog, easing stiff joints to maintain functional movement or in preparation for sporting events then please contact her regarding 1-2-1 tuition sessions.
Sessions will be tailored to individual requirements, starting with an assessment of your dog’s physical condition and how you the handler would be able to help your dog.
This will be followed by instruction in massage techniques and conditioning exercises if appropriate.
For further information
Phone: 01825 872349