THE HOME OF CHOICE LED TREATMENT
Galen Myotherapists treat dogs using PACT® which stands for Positive Progressive Affective Cycle of Therapy. It is based on a cycle of choice-led treatment involving the patient (dog), their guardian and the therapist.
This facilitates the dog to have freedom of movement, during the treatment process. It allows a dog to have autonomy over their own body and therefore autonomy over treatment of areas of painful chronic muscular issues or dysfunction. They are able to control the intensity and pace of treatment, enabling areas to be treated that would otherwise be highly resistant to any form of contact.
Julia Robertson, founder of Galen Myotherapy, developed the Positive PACT® methodology from the observation and treatment of more than 10,000 dogs over two decades.
Galen Myotherapists who display this logo are registered Positive PACT® practitioners and adhere to this ethicial and highly effective methodolgy.
PRINCIPLES OF POSITIVE PACT
Recognises the importance of identifying and addressing the dog’s emotional state prior to, and as part of any treatment or intervention
FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT
Permits free movement away from the treatment zone, with no attempt to inhibit or restrain the dog, enabling freedom of movement and choice
PROGRESSIVE THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP
Identifies the importance of the dog’s experience of the treatment environment, and values the intrinsic relationship between guardian, dog and therapist
Empowers the patient to regulate treatment by participating on their own terms according to their cognitive and sentient and physical abilities. Reducing fear, anxiety and pain and improving wellbeing
Acknowledges the individual dog’s unique experience and ability to regulate their own pain through choice, and respects their emotional and behavioural responses to pain