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The Canine Spine: Manual Assessment and Treatment Techniques
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Faculty: CRI Faculty

Prerequisites: This 3-day advanced course is open to Veterinarians and Physical Therapists who have successfully completed the coursework required for CRI certification. Licensed Veterinarians and Physical Therapists who are CCRPs can enroll if they have taken The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist or University of Tennessee's Head to Tail course. All CCRTs are welcome.

Course Description: Participants get hands-on experience with dogs in the classroom as they learn to perform a detailed evaluation of the spine from a mechanical perspective. Manual therapy concepts and evidence-based rationale for treatment selection are covered in depth. An integrated model for dealing with spinal mechanics is introduced, including force closure, form closure, and motor control and timing for the neck, back, pelvis and ribs. Spinal biomechanics, spinal dysfunctions and manual treatment of the spinal system using mobilization techniques are covered. Participants learn to test the musculoskeletal control of the spine, and how to prescribe therapeutic exercises that target fine motor control and core stability. Pain control concepts and resolution of maladaptive postures are also addressed.

As of January 1, 2013, students who do not attend a full day of class will not receive any CE credit hours for that day and may have to return to make up the missing hours.

Course Fee: $675

Course Sponsors: Our August 2011 course was sponsored by:

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Topics Covered Include:

  • Manual therapy concepts
  • Canine biomechanics
  • Evaluation of the canine spine from a mechanical perspective
  • Detection of spinal dysfunction
  • Testing musculoskeletal control of the spine
  • Manual treatment of the spinal system
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Pain control
  • Resolution of maladaptive postures