What is Myofunctional Therapy?
Canine myofunctional therapy is a gentle, soothing therapy developed specifically for dogs to help muscle movement and increase circulation. It can be used to treat chronic conditions or help with your dog’s rehabilitation after surgery or an accident. It can also be used as a soothing massage to calm your dog or as a relaxing treat. Muscles allow dogs to move, run, jump, and play and they give the body power, strength, and ability to move. Muscles can become damaged due to injury, overexertion, repetitive strain, or simply through the process of ageing.
How does it work?
Myofunctional therapy relaxes muscle tissue, which reduces painful contractions and spasms. Massage can also reduce nerve compression. When muscles contract, they can compress the nerves around them. When these muscles are relaxed, the nerves are no longer compressed and can get the proper nutrients and operate more efficiently. The nerves can assume their routine work of transmitting messages to and from the brain, which improves the functioning of the muscles and organs.
Myofunctional Therapy may help pets with:
- Relief of chronic pain, arthritis, and soft-tissue injuries
- Better movement, gait, and posture
- Breaking down adhesions and reducing scar tissue
- Creating a better range of movement, the flexibility of joints and comfort, and relieving muscle spasms and cramps. This can also decrease the risk of injury
- Eliminating toxic waste before it builds up in muscles and around the joints – detoxification
- Help animals gain proprioception (where their limbs/muscles are in time and space) and is particularly beneficial post-injury or surgery
- Improves circulation and lymphatic movementand increases blood flow
How will my pet respond?
Pet responses depend on the reason your dog requires the treatment. Each dog is unique and will need its tailored version of canine myofunctional therapy.
It’s not all about Dogs, Cats too can benefit, Lesley shares her success story with Missy:
“I arrived at Paws Connect rather anxious after having visited the vet a couple of times with a cat that had not been ‘herself’ for some time. They could give me no answers and I am sure they wanted to tell me to ‘get checked out’ myself! Suffice to say, Missy did not make any miraculous recovery. I arrived at Paws Connect so worried about my dear feline and with a cat that was very different to the one I left with. I watched in fascination as Caroline ‘worked her way over Missy’ … not necessarily a happy cat throughout the procedure, but Caroline’s hands worked wonders and a much more settled, healthy, and happy cat resulted afterwards. So impressed was I that I took my big boy Max in two weeks later. I highly recommend this team. Thank you!”