Galen Myotherapy

The world-leader in Canine Myotherapy education, treatment, and research

How we can help your dog

The natural movement patterns of a dog can change following an injury or due to environmental challenges, which over a period of time can cause postural adaptations that can lead to discomfort and pain.

Galen Myotherapy promotes health and treats chronic muscular pain in dogs through detailed assessments and effective treatment programs, including specialised massage techniques. We also use dynamic remedial and strengthening techniques, to manage the chronic muscular pain and inflammation that is caused by the many different conditions that are so common in a dog’s life.

What we can help with

Galen Myotherapy can be highly effective in many conditions and situations, including:

  • Repetitive strain injuries - one of the most common causes
  • Ongoing lameness that is typically difficult to pin-point accurately
  • Osteoarthritis – especially in dogs that are intolerant to anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Patella subluxation (think the ‘Jack Russell Hop’)
  • Behavioural issues
  • Compensatory issues
  • Whiplash caused from impact at speed
  • Enhancing the health and performance of sporting dogs – ‘Keeping Working Dogs Working’

Practically every lameness in a dog will be from a muscular problem and most of the conditions we see are as a result of underlying conditions, old injuries or repetitive strains.

How we work

Galen Myotherapy treatments are totally specific to your dog. We work very closely with you as the dog owner, giving clear information and instructions all the way through the treatment process.

Galen Myotherapy’s unique Positive PACT® treatment protocol ensures all dogs being treated have a ‘choice’. We never use forced restraint and treatment will always take place on the floor or on a low level, which is where a dog is most comfortable.

A Galen Myotherapist understands the work that veterinary professionals do, and work alongside them where appropriate. In the UK, for example, we only work on dogs that have a signed a veterinary consent form that adheres to the UK Veterinary Act and all Galen Myotherapists are fully qualified and insured. We also work with international markets to ensure compliane with local animal welfare laws.

What a treatment involves

During the first appointment the Myotherapist will use the Galen Comfort Scale© to gather information about your dog from you. This includes history of injury/accidents, environment, exercise routine and any behavioural issues to help build a comprehensive picture of your dog’s health and comfort.

Following a postural and hands on assessment, the Myotherapist will use specialised massage techniques to treat any areas of muscular tension. They may also use dynamic remedial and strengthening techniques, to manage any chronic muscular pain and inflammation.

During the appointment the Myotherapist will give you tools to help your dog between treatments which may include small changes to their environment or activities which will positively impact your dog’s health.

You are likely to see a change in your dog’s movement or behaviour after the first treatment but it usually takes three treatments to make an effective change to a dog’s muscular health.

Galen Myotherapists around the world

We’re very proud of our Myotherapists who are enriching the lives of dogs all around the world.

Each of the team are devoted to the welfare of dogs and have gone through extensive training to qualify as a Galen Myotherapist so they can provide the highest level of care. The majority of our team are based in the UK, although we also have Myotherapists in Europe and Asia too. We're currently working with Sindhoor Pangal of BHARCS to expand and have made our Galen Myotherapy Diploma available to everyone in India. We look forward welcoming more members of the team, and there couldn't be a better time to train and take advantage of this emerging market.

We're also able to support dogs and their owners remotely. Our unique Distance Support Programme can help, offering guided support for you and your dog, even if you're in India or anywhere else in the world. This programme enables one-to-one professional guidance for you as an owner, to enable you to help your dog. You will be supported remotely, through the programme, by your own dedicated, experienced Galen Myotherapist.
Theo has loved every session he’s had. The minute Lucy walks in, he goes straight to his special blanket & lays down to wait in anticipation. On occasion, even trying to climb onto her lap! Lucy’s magic hands have really helped his general well being. She’s loosened areas that have evidently been uncomfortable and has given us guidance around specific exercises we can do to target potential areas that ought to be stronger.