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Acupuncture for the Sporting Dog

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Price: £500 - 550



North Somerset

BS40 5DU

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Acupuncture for the Sporting Dog

Canine sports medicine in comparison to equine sports medicine has largely been ignored in the field of veterinary medicine and surgery. This course will take a holistic approach to managing the canine athlete, from how to train for injury prevention through to management of common injuries. The demands of disciplines such as agility and obedience and how these predispose to certain injuries will be considered. The course will also address management tools from acupuncture through to manual therapies, nutrition and diagnostics.
• Functional Assessment of the Canine Athlete – Lecture/Practical
Focus on the assessment of the patient from the perspective of athletic performance. Look at how to assess balance and coordination within the individual and how conformation can affect performance. Explore ancillary diagnostic tools such as video analysis and pressure mat systems.
• Common Injuries of the Sporting Dog and their Management
Acute and chronic injuries and how movement patterns can predispose to injury long term. We will consider the precursors to common injuries such as illiopsoas strain, lumbar pain and shoulder joint instability, then look at management options for these conditions.
• The Myofascia and Movement
Cover the anatomy of fascia and consider its critical role in movement.
• Acupuncture Meridians and Fascial Lines – Are there any Comparisons?
Look at the parallels between acupuncture channels and the fascial lines within the body. Explore fascial/channel pathology and how palpation can assist with deriving an appropriate acupuncture formula.

• Nutrition and Laboratory Analysis of the Canine Athlete
Look at what laboratory tests are appropriate in the management of dogs in training and how the information can again assist with refining our choice of acupuncture points. We will also briefly cover the nutrition
essentials for a performance dog.
• Rehabilitation and Training – What Role Does Acupuncture Have?
Which point do we chose? Can the dog’s constitution affect our choice of points? This lecture will aim to move the practitioner away from a reliance on trigger points alone when treating the canine athlete.
• How do Athletes Manage Pain?
A brief review of pain pathways will be followed by a look at nociception, pain and how they differ. It will also consider how individuals manage their pain differently.
• How Common Sporting Disciplines can Predispose to Pathology
Different disciplines such as agility and obedience place different stresses and strain on the body. By understanding this we can improve our diagnosis and management.

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