Galen Myotherapy

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

Welcome to Galen Myotherapy

We specialise in treating dogs with chronic muscular pain; enabling enhanced mobility and health through detailed postural and environment assessment, unique massage techniques and rehabilitative exercise management.

Established in the UK by Julia Robertson in 2002, Galen Myotherapy has always been at the forefront of imparting knowledge and interpreting how behaviour and muscle pain manifest in our dogs. Our global organisation is passionate about enriching the lives of dogs through treatment, research and education.

We’re the most well-established training organisation in canine health, providing externally accredited courses, online courses CPDs and workshops for all levels of learners and canine professionals.
We transform dogs' lives like Rafiki below through targeted massage techniques and rehabilitative exercise management.



Before

After three treatments


In 2003 4 year old Rafiki was going to be put to sleep due to her pain levels that were not being improved by medication. With Galen Myotherapy she went on to live a full and happy life until she was 17 years old!
Working closely with experts in animal health we’ve inspired many of the luminaries that have gone on to be leaders in the industry.
Galen Myotherapy is an incredibly powerful manual technique that delivers measurable therapeutic benefit to so many pets. As a GP Veterinarian with an interest in better managing pain, I knew that we were missing a large piece of the puzzle when treating dogs with chronically painful conditions such as osteoarthritis. Medication in the way of pain relief and anti-inflammatories is important, but there is so much more we should be doing to help pets maintain their postural strength and function.

I discovered Galen while doing a deep dive into the world of pain research and it has fundamentally transformed the way I see and treat patients. This led to a growing awareness of a gap in the care options offered to many of these pets, which in turn let to the development of one of Australia’s first dedicated home-based Palliative Care support services. Our team is now growing nationally and are determined to help owners have access to better pain management and support at end of life. Galen has been an integral part of this journey for me and I am excited to think more pet owners here are now able to learn about this support and care. It is so needed!

Dr Jackie Campbell BVSc hons, CHPV
Director and Lead Palliative Care Veterinarian Sunset Vets, Queensland Australia
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Galen Myotherapy in Australia


Galen Myotherapy works in Australia with our international partner, Maxine Corry-Thomas at Canine Senses. Therefore, we're excited to provide the opportunity to train as a Galen Myotherapist in Australia.

Maxine studied and qualified with Galen in 2011 and very shortly after her graduation she and her family moved to Australia. Maxine has successfully established Galen Myotherapy in Australia and has a fantastic reputation for helping dogs with chronic conditions.

The school is identical to the Galen Myotherapy course run in the UK with the same high standards and Galen values. This includes our unique Positive PACT® treatment protocol which ensures all dogs being treated have a ‘choice’.
ENRICHING THE LIVES OF DOGS

Join us in enriching the lives of dogs

Become a Galen Myotherapist


Start a rewarding and fulfilling career as a Galen Myotherapist, giving dogs a better quality of life.

Whatever your background or age*, our Level 3 diploma is a comprehensive programme which will support your learning objectives. You will learn all the skills you need to work and treat dogs to achieve long-lasting health and wellness and the tools to develop a successful business.

Galen Myotherapy holds the Premier Quality Award from LASER Learning Awards. This accredited course has self-paced training modules which will teach you the intricacies of how the canine body works, how to assess posture, behaviour and functional movement patterns and importantly it will give you the diverse skills needed to apply effective treatment programs, including specialised massage techniques using our revolutionary Positive P.A.C.T.® treatment protocols.

Online courses and CPD


Galen has a library of online courses covering all levels of learning.

These are suitable for people who want to find out how they can support their own dog’s health to vets who want to develop their own skills and to add more treatment modalities to their practice.

Online learning
  • Learn in your own home environment anywhere in the world
  • Study at your own pace and in your own time
  • Develop some hands-on massage techniques with supported videos

Treatment for your Dog


Galen Myotherapy can be highly effective rehabilitative therapy in many different causes of lameness and conditions including arthritis, repetitive strain injuries, ongoing and undiagnosed lameness and behavioural indicators such as licking, chewing and itching.

Within all these causes we make significant improvements both physically (postural) and behaviourally (psychological).

A Galen Myotherapist works very closely with you as the dog owner and your vet, giving clear information and instructions all the way through the treatment process. All Galen Myotherapists are fully qualified and insured.

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.

Our Distance Support Programme


We’re helping dogs worldwide through our Distance Support Programme.

This programme enables 1:1 professional guidance for you as an owner, to enable you to help your dog. You will be supported remotely by your dedicated Galen Myotherapist.

Who is it for?
  • For all dogs that are presenting a lameness both sudden onset or ongoing, or mobility problems.
  • Dogs who are exhibiting behaviours that could be connected to musculoskeletal dysfunction, i.e. excessive licking, chewing, itching, that is not being managed successfully through other forms of medication.

From the information you send us, we will send you a full ‘nose to tail’ assessment of your dog with suggestions of treatment and environmental changes which will specifically help your dog’s comfort and physical health.

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OUR CANINE MYOTHERAPY DIPLOMA

Become a Galen Myotherapist





The Level 3 diploma level is a comprehensive programme that gives you all the skills you need to work and treat dogs to achieve long-lasting health and wellness.

The self-paced training modules will teach you the intricacies of how the canine body works, how to assess posture, behaviour and functional movement patterns and importantly it will give you the diverse skills needed to apply effective treatment programs, including specialised massage techniques using our revolutionary Positive P.A.C.T.® treatment protocols.

Galen Myotherapy holds the Premier Quality Award from LASER Learning Awards. This accredited course is designed to give you all the skills to launch a new, exciting career as a Galen Canine Myotherapist.

We have four versions of the diploma course ranging from the full course for those with no prior experience in canine physiology to our CPD for Vets.

Our Diploma is suitable for:
  • Vets, or Vet Professionals looking for CPD
  • Students seeking our most in-depth course
  • If you're looking for longer study over a period of two years
  • People looking to embark on a new career as a Canine Myotherapist



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STUDY WITH US

Online Courses and Education







Following Julia's groundbreaking work in Canine Myotherapy she set up the Galen Myotherapy Education Programme to share her knowledge to enrich the lives of dogs across the world.

100% online so you can complete it wherever you feel most comfortable - and whenever it best fits into your schedule.

Our self paced courses cover all levels of learning, from people who want to find out how they can support their own dog’s health to vets who want to develop their own skills and to add more treatment modalities to their practice.



Foundation course
We’ve created this course as a starting point for dog handlers and owners who are looking to gain an understanding of their dog’s functional anatomy and to learn some of the basic skills which will help to improve their dog’s health using the principles of Galen Myotherapy. This course will teach you about muscle pain from a dog’s perspective and how simple environmental and activity changes can make a positive impact on your own dog’s health. This course will make you change the way you see a dog's life, plus give you the information to make fundamental improvements. This course is a must for all dog owners! Or for anyone who shares their life with a dog.





CPD for Veterinary Professionals
This course is suitable for those who are already working in the capacity of a veterinary professional. This could be a degree-level qualified veterinary nurse, a vet in training or qualified vet.

The course will give you an in-depth understanding of the link between pain and behaviour based on 20 years of experience and research. You’ll learn about Galen Myotherapy’s revolutionary treatment protocols and how massage therapy and rehabilitative exercise management can form a comprehensive and effective treatment plan for conditions such as osteoarthritis, repetitive strain injuries, ongoing and undiagnosed lameness and mobility issues associated with obesity. Discover the importance of postural and functional movement assessment when evaluating how a dog presents including compensatory and loading issues. Learn techniques to repattern and re-enliven effective kinetic chains to enhance mobility and give clear guidance to dog owners on the impact of their dog’s environment on their musculoskeletal health.

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HOW WE ENRICH THE LIVES OF DOGS

Revolutionary Treatment Protocols





Galen Myotherapy advanced treatment protocols are a result of years of study, 1,000’s of treatments and close observations and assessments of the dogs, before, during and after their treatment.

Galen Myotherapy promotes health and treats chronic muscular pain in dogs through detailed postural assessment along with the understanding of functional movement which we incorporate into our highly effective treatment programmes. We use specialised massage techniques and rehabilitative 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.

Pain and behaviour interpretation is an integral part of how we work. This has led to the development of thse Galen Comfort Scale©, which is a scale that we have developed from years of experience, identifying behavioural and physical changes that relate to a dogs physical and muscular health.

Galen Myotherapy is a physical therapy, incorporating a specific and unique handling protocol. The handling protocol used is called Positive P.A.C.T. (Progressive Affective Cycle of Therapy) and it is based on giving the dog choice.

Galen Myotherapy specialises in treating dogs with painful chronic muscular pain. Applying the treatment will be uncomfortable for them to receive, therefore giving them choice allows them autonomy and gives them the agency to choose where they are treated.

This protocol allows us to treat areas on the dog that we would not otherwise be able to positively influence due to they know they have control over their body.



Galen Myotherapy has quite literally changed Ozzey’s life, from a prematurely old and painful dog into one that is so, so much happier. I was also shown how I can help to maintain his condition so I too can help him. He has top-ups every few months but I have learnt to know when he is starting to go downhill. I feel that I am in much more control of his health and well-being!

Lesley Martin