‘Ruby had to have surgery in the end, but I'm sure the myotherapy helped her recover quicker. It has been soothing, very relaxing and calming, and has aided in a much faster recovery.’
Ruby is a nine-year-old Cockapoo whose owners sought myotherapy treatment following a cruciate injury earlier on in the year.
Ruby is quite an anxious dog with a slight heart murmur and her owners were understandably not comfortable with general anaesthetic and surgery without an X-ray to ascertain the extent of the damage. Initially exploring conservative management - rest and bracing, they sought myotherapy to relieve the pain and inflammation in her muscles, particularly those of her other hind limb which was now taking the strain, as well as soreness and tension in the muscles of her neck and back.
Following a course of myotherapy, a second veterinary opinion and x-rays, Ruby did undergo surgery and has continued with treatment to support her overall recovery, along with a careful programme of gently increasing exercise and management.
Myotherapy has an important role to play in any postoperative treatment plan; capable of addressing the correct rehabilitation of tissues as well as the needs of the dog’s entire body. A holistic approach is ensuring that possible compensatory issues or areas of referred pain prior to surgery do not impact on Ruby’s future mobility.
Ruby’s recent post-operative check reported no inflammation, a good range of movement and improving muscle tone, she has been allowed to undertake longer walks and controlled running on a long lead. She is continuing to have maintencance myotherapy treatments, every six weeks to maintain her muscular health and mitigate any future ptoblems.
Ruby is a pleasure to treat and her owner Jan Nicholson feels . . . .
‘It's made a tremendous difference. She always enjoys her sessions often laying willingly for massage. Ruby had to have surgery in the end, but I'm sure the myotherapy helped her recover quicker. It has been soothing, very relaxing and calming, and has aided in a much faster recovery.’