Muscle Conditioning Exercises
Pre & Post Event Massage
Striving for Healthy, Balanced Muscles
GALEN MYOTHERAPIST TREATING PROTOCOL©
1. All dogs treated must have Veterinary consent or referral. This should be in a written format, letter, fax or email.
2. Each new client must be given clear information on:
- Location and timings
- Treatment protocol
3. Do not give information on how many treatments would be expected of the dog discussed. However, anecdotal evidence can be used, stating just that …. ‘a dog that sounds possibly similar to yours had xx treatments then xx follow ups but it is impossible to be …….
4. Do inform the handlers that in most cases we expect three treatments for the condition or to ascertain if the therapy is appropriate. Any treatments after the initial three will follow a full discussion about the appropriateness and whether any other/additional therapies would/could assist or referral back to the acting Veterinary Surgeon is the next best action.
5. The handler must be issued with realistic expectations of their dog’s potential recovery and must never be told that the treatment will heal the issue.
6. Each handler must sign a legal disclaimer.
7. A full consultation must be taken of all dogs before any treatment can commence.
8. When treating the dog, restraint must be limited giving the dog an opportunity to move away from the therapist.
9. When treating the dog, care must be taken at all times in regard to the dogs reaction to the treatment and not to disregard signs of over treatment, whether it is working too deeply, or too much over a given area.
10. At no time will a therapist diagnose but they can assess.
11. Feedback must be given explaining what has been found during the course of the treatment
12. The client should be offered time to see if the dog shows any improvement before another appointment is made.
13. Any future treatments including timescales should be discussed.
14. A ‘home recovery programme’ must be given possibly including, effleurage, skin rolling, superficial petrissage and if shown clearly, passive movement.
15. The therapist should be clear about post exercise restrictions with timescales
16. A full report must be sent to the acting Veterinary Surgeon after the course of treatment.
17. A concise record of each and every treatment session must be kept.
18. Any personal data relating to the dogs owner (i.e. name address, telephone number) must be kept in accordance with the data protection act
WE ARE A REFERRAL SERVICE – VETERINARY SURGEONS ARE PRIMARY CARE!