The CTPT Program is designed for veterinarians, licensed/registered veterinary technicians, and physical therapists with interest in canine pain management and rehabilitation.

Dr. Rick Wall, DVM, CMTPT (wall@myopainseminars.com) is the coordinator of the Canine Trigger Point Therapy Program.

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Currently there is one course in this program, Introduction to Canine Myofascial Trigger Points. Other courses may be scheduled in the future dependent upon interest.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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The Canine Trigger Point course (CTPT) will introduce veterinarians and physical therapists to the examination and treatment of myofascial trigger points in dogs. The course will include both manual treatment techniques and dry needling techniques. Class size is limited to 20.

PREREQUISITES

None.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The CTPT Program is designed for veterinarians, licensed/registered veterinary technicians, and physical therapists with interest in canine pain management and rehabilitation.

NOTE:  In many US jurisdictions, veterinary dry needling is considered to be solely within the scope of veterinary medicine and by law, veterinary dry needling is not necessarily within the scope of other healthcare providers. Some states allow physical therapists to use dry needling with prior authorization of a licensed veterinarian.  Therefore, we recommend checking with your local state boards whether veterinary dry needling is within the scope of practice.

FACULTY

The CTPT-1 faculty are Dr. Jan Dommerholt and Dr. Rick Wall, assisted by Kari Koudelka, RVT, CCRP.

SCHEDULE

Note: Actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructors. Coffee breaks are provided; meals are on your own.

Day 1
8:00 am–5:30 pm
Characteristics and Etiology of Myofascial Trigger Points (MTrP)
Muscle Mechanisms That Cause Muscle Injury
Perpetuating Factors of Myofascial Trigger Points
Discussion of the role of MTrPs in Clinical Cases: Osteoarthritis, Orthopedics and Neurologic Rehabilitation
Muscle examination and treatment techniques
End Day 1
Day 2
8:00 am–5:30 pm
Examination Techniques: Identification of the “Taut Band” and MTrPs
Non-Invasive MTrP Therapy
Patient Evaluation
Invasive MTrP Therapy: Trigger Point Dry Needling
Discussion and Questions

 

Video demonstration of Canine Trigger Point Dry Needling: