What is Canine Myotherapy?

Many dogs of all breeds suffer from joint pain at some point in their lives. Joint conditions in Greyhounds can be exacerbated by the extreme running, spinning and swerving they indulge in.

Canine Myotherapy addresses the overlooked aspects of joint pain. A joint that’s causing discomfort tends to be used as little as possible which, in turn, causes a greater strain on the muscles in other parts of the body. Whilst the original source of pain is usually treated with pain-killers etc the muscles and other joints that are fast becoming overused tend to be ignored.

To put this in human terms, I’ve had a painful back condition since I was a baby and although it gives me a lot of problems I can still have long periods without pain. All it needs though is to twist an ankle or strain a knee and within a day my back will be agonisingly painful.

We all experience this sort of thing the cause of which is well understood. The chain reaction starts when the body twisted in an attempt to compensate and ease the original pain; this twisting is then compensated for further down the body. Because of this compensatory pain the body’s whole alignment becomes compromised through muscle dysfunction.

This is where Canine Myotherapy comes into play. Firstly the dog’s gait and musculature is examined in great detail to provide a full assessment of the dog’s condition. Treatment can then be focused on these areas. Having said that, the therapist does not just deal with those areas but will spend about an hour giving a full-body deep-muscle massage.

Having seen the spectacular effects of this, first hand, with our own dogs I would urge anyone with a suffering hound to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Seeing our beloved Pingu and Pixie walking and running about is a joy and leaves us feeling eternally grateful to Vickie China.