Canine V: Elective (NEW!): Manual Therapy: Introduction, Assessment and Techniques - (Online, Part 1)

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This course is designed to teach the basic principles of manual therapy including massage/soft tissue mobilization, and joint mobilization, with an emphasis on the extremities.  Participants will combine online lecture material and hands-on experience with dogs as they learn these techniques.  Manual therapy concepts and evidence-based rationale for treatment selection are covered in depth.  Developing goal-focused treatment plans and assessing outcomes in canine rehabilitation patients will also be covered.

This program is delivered in a hybrid format of online lecture and a one day hands on lab session.  (RACE approved for 13.5 Hours of CE consisting of 8 hours lab and 5.5 hours online lecture)

Additional Information

Instructor(s) David Levine, Matthew Brunke
Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Accurately palpate selected boney segments and landmarks, muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues in a variety of dogs.
  • Understand various selected manual therapy techniques including massage/soft tissue mobilization and joint mobilization.
  • Discuss the precautions and contraindications to various manual therapy techniques (massage/soft tissue mobilization and joint mobilization).
  • Understand the basic principles of massage/soft tissue mobilization.
  • Understand the basic principles of joint mobilizations with an emphasis on the extremities along with normal and abnormal end feels.
  • Demonstrate on a patient selected massage/soft tissue mobilizations.
  • Demonstrate on a patient selected joint mobilization of the extremities.
  • Determine how to incorporate massage/soft tissue mobilization and joint mobilization into a treatment regiment.
Prerequisites Completion of both the online and live portion of this course meets the Canine V elective requirements for the C.C.R.P. program.


Module I Massage & Techniques
Unit 1: Why Do We Massage
Unit 2: Origins of Massage Therapy
Unit 3: Tools of Massage
Unit 4: Special Techniques & Theory
Unit 5: Where is this in Rehab?

Module II Joint Mobilization
Unit 1: Basic Principles of Joint Mobilization
Unit 2: Accessory Motions
Unit 3: Joint End Feels and their Significance
Unit 4: Grades of Mobilization, Part I
Unit 5: Grades of Mobilization, Part II

Module III Anatomy, Massage, and Mobilization of Limbs
Unit 1: Anatomy Review
Unit 2: Mobilizations
Unit 3: Distractions, Glides, Extensions
Unit 4: The Carpus and Thoracic Limb
Unit 5: Video Examples
Unit 6: Review, Bones & Joints
Unit 7: The Hip & Pelvic Limb
Unit 8: Massage of the Hip
Unit 9: Distractions & Compressions
Unit 10: The Stifle Joint
Unit 11: Stifle Extension, Hock & Foot
Unit 12: Tarsal Flexion
Unit 13: Spine & Lumbar Region


RACE Program Approval
Program Title: Canine V: Elective: Manual Therapy: Introduction, Assessment and Techniques
Hours: 5.50 CE

Additional Info

Seminar Contact Hours: 5.5

Platform Online