Functional Assessment Module $1875.00 Includes Live Lab Feb 19 – 22, 2025 For DVM, PT, DO, DC ONLY!

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Instructors:  Leslie Goff , B.appSc.(PT) M. AnimSt(Phys), PhD ,  Dr. Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, DACVSMR, MRCVS, Dr. Melissa King DVM, PhD, DACVSMR, Dr. Sybille Molle, DVM, DACVSMR and Arlene White PT, M Anim Physiotherapy.

Offered to: Physical Therapists, Veterinarians, Chiropractors, & Osteopaths ONLY! PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE QUALIFIED TO TAKE THIS COURSE!
The 4 day Lab portion of this course is taught at The Animal Rehabilitation Institute located in Palm Beach County, Florida February 19 – 22, 2025, and in Milan Italy spring/summer 2025.  Please see course calendar for dates and locations.  Email to register for the lab location of your choice.

Course Description: The aim of this module is to provide participants with a fundamental understanding of the practice of equine assessment and rehabilitation. Principles of neuromotor control will be introduced in conjunction with the participant developing the necessary knowledge and skills to perform a functional patient evaluation of the equine orthopedic neurological and myofascial systems. Manual therapy techniques used in equine assessment, treatment and rehabilitation will be introduced and demonstrated. During the lab portion students will use manual therapy,  therapeutic electro modalities, clinical reasoning skills and design a therapeutic exercise prescription for the patient. This course will assist the development of clinical reasoning skills and evidence based practice such that graduates have the necessary skills to aide healing, encourage injury prevention and sports specific performance enhancement to horses, their owners and their veterinarians.

Learning Objectives for entire course:
Demonstrate the ability to perform a static and dynamic functional assessment of the equine from a biomechanics perspective; conformation, posture and locomotion evaluation.
Describe and demonstrate the safe utilization of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and neurotrophic muscle stimulation (Estim) in the assessment and treatment of the equine.
Demonstrate the ability to perform a functional assessment of the equine patient:

a. Evaluation of spinal and peripheral joint range of motion and functional mobility.
b. Intervertebral, segmental and coupled motion passive and active assessment; palpation, joint end feel, quality of motion, accessory glides, and provocation tests.
c. Evaluation of the craniocervical region including TMJ and hyoid complexes.
d. Myofascial assessment; palpation, irritability , ligament integrity testing, neuromechanical flexibility and sensitivity and stretching of individual myofascial (musculotendinous) groups.
e. “Basic” Functional neuromechanical and gross motor assessment of the cervicothoracic, thoracolumabar and pelvic complexes.
f. Evaluation of the peripheral circulatory system; detection of inflammation, edema, haematoma’s and effusions.
Demonstrate clinical reasoning skills, utilizing knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and pathophysiology
Demonstrate the ability to develop problem solving skills; a hierarchical problem list, functional prognosis, treatment strategies and goal setting.
Describe and demonstrate basic spinal and peripheral joint mobilization techniques, using applied principles and theories from; Physiotherapy (Maitland, Mulligan, McKenzie….) and osteopathic techniques.
Demonstrate myofascial and neuromechanical mobilization and manipulation techniques applied from Physiotherapy and osteopathy principles.
Describe fundamental neurological deficiency evaluation and rehabilitation.
Create a sport specific therapeutic exercise programs for:

a. Dynamic strength; coordinated motor function
b. Dynamic stability
c. Dynamic flexibility; myofascial and joint systems
d. Neuromotor control; proprioception and mechanoreceptive activity
Describe and demonstrate comprehensive assessment routines for both the neurological and orthopedic equine patient.
Describe and implement a neurological treatment plan utilizing sensory integration, dural mobilization, proprioceptive functional retraining and other modified and adapted ‘human’ neurological rehabilitation techniques.
Ability to appropriately identify treatment goals, create a treatment plan and execute various treatment skills for a wide variety of common neuromuscloskeletal problems in the equine patient.
Identify and utilize outcome measures.

4 day live lab course outline:  check calendar for dates and locations of Functional Assessment Live Lab
Day 1:
Classroom  8 am – 12 pm (1 hour lunch break)
Review Practice of Animal Physiotherapy
Review Physiotherapy Assessment and Treatment Techniques
Critical Thinking Skills Utilizing Knowledge of Anatomy/Physiology

Barn 1 pm  – 5 pm

Gait Assessment, Limb Assessment (Provocation Tests), Range of Motion testing and Treatment , Soft Tissue Assessment and Treatment

Day 2:
Classroom 8 am – 9 am
Discussion of previous days material and cases for evaluation today
Barn 9:30 am – 4pm  (1 hour lunch break)
Physiotherapy Evaluation of Equine Patient – application of treatment & design rehabilitation programs.   Classroom 4 pm – 5 pm discuss and review today’s cases

Day 3:
Classroom 8 am – 9 am Discussion and cases for evaluation today,  Lab 9 am – 4 pm (1 hour lunch break) Equine Cases evaluate and treat.
Treatment Techniques Cervicothoracic and Thoracolumbar Dysfunction
Management of Lumbosacral and Sacroiliac Dysfunction
Proprioceptive Retraining Techniques

Day 4:
Classroom 8 am – 9 am Discussion and cases for evaluation today,  Lab 9 am – 4 pm (1 hour lunch break) Equine Cases evaluate and treat.
Neurological Assessment and Treatment Theories and Techniques
Electrotherapeutic Modality Trials
Classroom 4 – 5 pm Discussion Case Studies, Brainstorming and Questions