#CRUFTS2018

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Crufts generates controversy every year, however, for me, the most important part of being at Crufts is talking to proactive owners; both competitors and visitors who are genuinely interested in how they can support their dog's musculoskeletal health throughout all of their life's stages and levels of activity.

A rare chance to meet up with Galen's founder #JuliaRobertson and some of my fellow therapists; Crufts inspires us all and reminds us of the profound and sometimes life-changing impact that canine myotherapy can have on the dogs we treat.

Sharing our canine experiences and knowledge with fellow owners and discussing ways we can make their lives easier whilst supporting their long-term health and mobility, is what makes the week especially meaningful. 

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This year, the Galen Therapy Centre carried out fully-consented myotherapy treatments on the stand, which enabled us to demonstrate more clearly how we handle and work with dogs. Having one of our veterinary professionals on the stand also gave us the chance to support more owners by undertaking treatments that previously wouldn't have been possible in such an environment.

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In addition to the wonderful dogs treated on the stand, Galen therapists performed warm-ups and cool-downs on dogs prior to and post their agility classes and supported the Canicross Trailrunners demonstration in the Main Arena, again highlighting the crucial nature of keeping sporting dogs at optimum health and fitness levels.

If you're interested in learning more about the many ways that Galen Myotherapy can help your dog through all of their life's stages and activities, please get in touch with me directly or visit the Galen Therapy Centre for details of Galen myotherapists in your area.

#Crufts2017

The Galen Myotherapy© team attended Crufts earlier on in the year and along with general advice on canine muscle health and Galen Myotherapy, provided warm-ups and warm-downs to canine competitors and agility entries along with the Canicross demonstration on Sunday.

Crufts 2017 was the most wonderful four days of exhibiting with the amazing Galen Therapy Centre; talking to individual dog owners about how myotherapy could help their dogs.

We have such a brilliant team of Galen Therapists, along with all our supporters and wider community who come together to make it such a huge success! We are all incredibly proud to be part of such a passionate, ethical and progressive team.

IFSS European Dryland Championships 2016

IFSS European Dryland Championships 2016 - 17th to 20th November 2016. Kings Forest, Thetford, Norfolk. 

A whole weekend of performing pre-event warm ups and post-race cool downs on some of these fabulous canine athletes with the brilliant Galen Myotherapy team.

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Still buzzing from this totally amazing and hugely inspiring experience! 

Warming up a dog prior to activity can enhance their performance, help to reduce injury and improve recovery. A warm-up before an event such as this; focussing on injury prevention increases a number of physiological and metabolic rates which translate into an increase in the dog’s overall performance, and a performance less prone to injury. Muscles that are warm are more capable of extending further without damage and can better absorb the concussive forces generated under exertion.

A cool down after competition or an event encourages the dog’s blood to cleanse its muscles of the toxins and metabolic wastes generated from exertion and keeps the muscles supple; preventing stiffening and the onset of delayed muscle soreness. 

Huge thank you to everyone involved; those that organised both the event and the therapists, those that supported and took part, and most of all, those teams who were so interested and receptive to what we do.

More information on the benefits of warm-ups and cool-downs for working or sporting dogs can be found here on the website and more photographs of this fantastic event can be found

If you are keen to find out more about this exciting sport - check out the websites of the International Federation of Sleddog Sports and the British Sleddog Sports Association.

British Sleddog Sports Federation - 2016 Dryland Championships.

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The BSSF was formed as the new UK Federation for the promotion and enhancement of International sports and racing for UK sled dog teams.

Exciting news for all competitors attending the Dryland Championships in Thetford from the 18th to 20th November.

The Galen Therapy Centre are sponsoring the Championships and are sending a large and experienced team of therapists to provide pre and post treatments for the canine athletes; and I'm excited to be part of the attending team. 

What is a Pre and Post Treatment?

All athletes; human and canine benefit from warming up prior to competition, the strain placed on a muscle from cold without prior warm-up is immense, causing fibres to snap; most often at their site of insertion therefore consideration to muscle conditioning should be part of any pre-event preparation.  

A warm-up before an event, focussing on injury prevention increases a number of physiological and metabolic rates which translate into an increase in the dog’s overall performance, and a performance less prone to injury.

A cool down after competition or an event aids venous return and lymphatic drainage encouraging the dog’s blood to cleanse its muscles of the toxins and metabolic wastes generated from exertion, keeping the muscles supple, aiding repair of muscle microfibre damage; preventing stiffening and the onset of delayed muscle soreness.  

Post-event treatment provides an opportunity to gain hands-on information on the current condition of the dog’s muscles. Areas of abnormal heat indicating potential injury can be observed, as well as the chance to review any damage to the dog’s claws and pads and check the dog for any contraindicative injury which would require veterinary advice instead of myotherapy treatment. More detailed information on the benefits of pre and post event treatment can be found here.

Pre and post warm-ups must be pre-booked and all the details are available on the BSSF website.

Free microchip checking

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My area and availability for scanning is varied so it would always be better to give me a call; depending on the location of the dog, I will always try to help.

Moorland Canine are offering free local microchip scanning for your dogs; for the simple peace of mind of knowing that should they go missing, their chip will help them get home. I know that having scanned my own dogs, it is reassuring to know that their 15 year old chips are still fully functional and could still be cross checked with my own details.

Whatever your views on the pros and cons of microchipping, you have until April 6th 2016 to ensure all of your dogs are compliant; but have you wondered about the whereabouts of existing chips in your older dogs? Can they still be located? Do they match your paperwork? Are they actually working?

Interested in having your dogs checked out? just get in touch.

Six facts about day four at Crufts 2016

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'Enriching The Lives of Dogs'

Brilliant to see Julia Roberts of the Galen Therapy Centre feature on the Crufts Youtube Channel as fact Number 2 about Day 4 at Crufts 2016!

'The Main objective of being here is to try and educate and demonstrate to people about how much chronic pain can influence dogs both in how their mobility is affected but also in their behaviour too'

Watch it here - its short, but extremely pertinent to our dog's health and wellbeing.

The Web of Life - Tom Myers on the Significance of Fascia

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Fascia is the biological fabric that holds us together; the 3-D spider web of fibrous, gluey, and wet proteins that binds the connective tissue network together.

Fascia is the biological fabric that holds each and every dog together; providing structural support for the skeleton and holding all the organs and associated tissues in place. It contributes to posture and plays an important part in movement. It creates an intercellular communication matrix and transport system that carries nutrients to the body’s tissues, removes waste products and ensures the muscles are able to glide easily over each other. 

Tom Myers is a pioneering researcher in how fascia relates to the structural health of the body and author of the best-selling Anatomy Trains Elsevier 2001.

 

Crufts 2016 and the Galen Therapy Centre

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Crufts is one of the largest dog events in the world. No longer purely a dog show, Crufts celebrates every aspect of the role that dogs play in our lives.

The Galen Therapy Centre will once again be exhibiting at Crufts this year; in the usual place of hall 3 stand 28a, opposite Eukanuba.

This year the Galen Therapy Centre team will be holding free, short educational talks on the stand on all four days of the show. 

Throughout the show they will be warming up and cooling down competition dogs as well as well as doing a short demonstration of a warm up during the Canicross Trailrunners demonstration in the main ring on Friday.

If you have a dog competing in any showing or sporting event Galen are offering free warm ups and cool downs for competitors, contact them directly for details by email Natalie@caninetherapy.co.uk or phone 01403 740189. During Crufts 2015, their warm up and cool down success was amazing; with 20% of prepared dogs coming first and 75% achieving podium places! 

Post-op Massage for Veterinary Patients

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Originally published in the December 2015 issue of veterinary practice news

Gentle, careful, scientific and evidence-informed massage can work wonders for those patients who accept touch and need help recovering from surgery, trauma or a variety of medical conditions. Even with animals that don’t at first welcome hands-on healing, many can learn to relax and appreciate massage when it is delivered with care and respect for the patient’s individual physical and emotional receptivity.

Galen Therapy Centre announced as new preferred provider

The UK’s largest organisation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs. 

KCAI announces Galen Myotherapy and Animal Care College as new preferred providers

The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor scheme (KCAI) continues to expand its offering and set standards in education, by announcing new partnerships with Galen Myotherapy and the Animal Care College as Preferred Educational Providers (PEP).

Galen offers a variety of courses surrounding canine anatomy and physiology, and has been assessed and approved for its 'First Aid for Dogs' course, which gives owners practical instruction in canine first aid as well as providing an insight into potentially problematic conditions that need immediate veterinary care.