Canine Myotherapy and how it can help your dog.
A course of Galen Myotherapy usually consists of 3 to 4 sessions. Within this time your dog should be displaying significant improvements and you will have learnt massage techniques and remedial exercises to continue to support your dog.
Myotherapy can be extremely effective for many conditions such as:
Repetitive strain injuries
Behavioural issues (these can often stem from a dog being in discomfort)
Compensatory muscle loading issues
Environmental - home (slippery floors/ exercise injury)
whiplash caused from impact at speed
In order to treat your dog is a requirement under the Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 1962 that I must have prior veterinary consent.
‘The Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 1962 allows for the treatment by 'physiotherapy', provided that the animal has first been seen by a veterinary surgeon who has diagnosed the condition and decided that it should be treated by physiotherapy under his/her direction.’
The veterinary consent form will need to be completed prior to the initial consultation appointment. Usually this can be emailed to your vet for completion.
Vets do not usually a charge to complete a consent form, however if the vet has not seen your dog recently, they may ask to see them for a health check to ensure that there are no underlying issues and that it is safe for them to be treated.
If you live locally within Devon, I can come to you to treat your dog in the comfort of your home. If you live further afield, I can offer distance support options which involve carrying out a full assessment and providing support to you using photos, video and live chats with you and your dog.
Initial consultation and treatment £45
Please allow up to 90 minutes for your initial consultation.
Your dog’s first Myotherapy treatment includes a comprehensive consultation and assessment based on your vet’s diagnosis and postural analysis. It may also include Photizo Vetcare LED red light therapy to complement massage techniques.
Prior to your appointment you will be asked to complete a Galen Comfort Scale© questionnaire which helps to identify key behaviour indicators in order to give a better understanding of the level of comfort or discomfort that your dog is in.
Subsequent Treatments £35
Please allow up to 60 minutes
It is recommended that subsequent treatments are booked between 7 and 12 days apart in order to allow your dog's body time to adapt.
Subsequent treatments involve a review and discussion of how your dog reacted to previous treatment, hands on palpation analysis, specialised massage techniques to treat any areas of muscular tension and remedial strengthening techniques to manage any chronic muscular pain. I will also review the remedial exercises and massage techniques that I have shown you to develop a home treatment plan so that you can continue to support your dog.
Maintenance Treatments £35
Please allow 40 to 60 minutes
Maintenance treatments may form part of a management plan for dogs that have an ongoing condition, working dogs or dogs that are competing regularly.
Maintenance treatments involve a review and discussion of how your dog reacted to previous treatment, hands on palpation analysis, specialised massage techniques to treat any areas of muscular tension and remedial strengthening techniques to manage any chronic muscular pain. I will also review the remedial exercises and massage techniques that I have shown you to develop a home treatment plan so that you can continue to support your dog.
Contraindications to massage
Most dogs whether they are old, young, athletically fit or unfit will benefit from myotherapy.
However, there are some situations when your dog should not have treatment.
You do not have veterinary consent.
Your dog has undiagnosed pain or a very recent injury.
If they have a contagious illness or condition.
Some types of cancer
Some types of heart conditions
There are some other contraindications not listed above therefore it is always important to discuss in detail your dog's individual needs before any treatment.
Many pet insurance companies will cover all or part of the cost of complementary therapies including Galen Myotherapy© where it has been recommended by your vet. It is advisable to contact your insurer in advance if you are going to claim.
Whilst I understand that cancellations are sometimes unavoidable, I would appreciate as much notice as possible if you cannot keep your dog’s appointment. Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice may still be charged in full.