The Canine Trigger Point Therapy is a 3-day hands-on course is an in-depth look at trigger point therapy for dogs as presented by the international instructor, Ken Bain, CMT. Participants in the previous course (CN3015: Advanced Massage for the Canine Athlete) received an introduction to this modality and will now build on that foundation covering a wide range of topics. These two courses are appropriate to attend back to back.
A larger percentage of canines from the active sporting dog to our daily companions can be affected by trigger points also known as myofascial points or knots. These points are easy to address if the bodyworker knows the signs and what to look for in the compromised dog. Participants must attend the CN3015: Advanced Massage for the Canine Athlete prior to attending this course. The information from the course leads to this next natural step in the bodyworker’s’ repertoire.
Students will be paired up with a dog for the trigger point sessions in the class to get hands-on instruction and practice.
The course emphasizes proper and safe techniques; all anatomically referenced. It covers assessment of the entire dog including conformation and gait evaluation and adds new techniques to the canine body worker’s repertoire. The program stresses ethics and underlines marketing as well as documentation to accentuate working within the professional canine care industry and following the legal parameters.
Students attend class 9-5 for 3 days and have 2 hours of evening study.
Successful completion of the CN3015: Advanced Massage for the Canine Athlete. Must have attended a foundation canine bodywork course comparable to the CN3000: Caninology Canine Body Worker Certification Course.
Educational (Learning) Objectives:
This course is designed for individuals those who work professionally in the canine health industry as a canine bodyworker or canine massage therapist who wish to elevate their skills to utilize trigger point therapy and approach the canine sports market.
The objectives for this course are as follows:
- understand the concepts of trigger therapy,
- design and implement a safe, effective session for the dog,
- list the contraindications to trigger point therapy
- identify the areas of the dog that require additional bodywork beyond the basic levels,
- distinguish the differences of normal tissue and compromised tissue,
- recognize the symptoms of trigger point pain,
- assess and evaluate the dog’s posture and movement for deficits and restriction,
- integrate the knowledge of conformation, movement, and behavior in regards to the realistic capabilities of the client’s dog and tactfully discuss these finding with the owner and
- interpret the response from the dog in regards to the trigger point to gain insight on whether they are defensive, sensitive or relaxing for the session or if they are improving with each wellness session.
The course covers:
- evaluation and assessment of the dog prior to the session
- evaluating range of motion
- palpation of trigger points
- body mechanics for handling dog between floor and table
- protocols for releasing trigger points
- incorporating trigger point therapy into existing session
- compensation and adaptive movement
- location of trigger points and addressing the trigger points and specific causes and activities which lead to tissue dysfunction