Introduction to Equine Meridian Therapy


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Instructor: Shannon Budiselic, DVM, CERT,CVA (Cand.) 

Offered to: equine massage therapist/body-workers or equivalent qualification who have recently completed at least one comprehensive course in equine anatomy in order to identify landmarks and locations with confidence, cert’s & cera’s who have completed the introduction to equine rehab therapy course.
Course description–introductory equine meridian therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), five element and muscle system theory of meridian therapy and manual treatment of accupoints and trigger points.
This course introduces the basic theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acutherapy to students seeking a holistic approach to addressing equine musculoskeletal concerns (sport therapy, injury treatment/prevention) and general wellness concerns in the spirit of collaboration with other health professionals.  Topics include:

  • Introduction to TCM and the five element theory
  • Introducing the horse’s constitution (wood, fire, earth, metal, water)
  • Meridian pairs (zang fu organs)
  • Muscle system theories (for muscle balancing and core stability training)
  • Meridian and acupoint location (global and regional perspectives)
  • Acupoint types and uses (back shu, alarm points, etc.)
  • Incorporating meridian therapy into your practice
  • Evidence-based support for the use of trigger point and acutherapy, with particular reference to myofascial pain syndromes will be emphasized

Using tcm theory, case studies and hands-on lab sessions, students will become familiar with identifying meridians and acupoints, and applying the concepts of TCM to assess and treat a variety of patients using manual therapy methods (acupressure, myofascial release, massage) in order to inspire continued learning and provide the groundwork for advanced TCM study, students are expected to research and complete a TCM case report on a case study of their choice (to be completed within 6 months of attending the introductory course).

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