International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic

Applied Biomechanics and Rehabilitation

Module 1: 22.-24.11.2019

Biomechanics, Gait Analysis and Lameness Interrelation - Intense

Functional asymmetry versus lameness - where do we draw the line? A thorough understanding of our patients biomechanics is essential for our treatment decision. We will introduce technical devices we can utilize for an objective evaluation and discuss common compensatory patterns and their influence on the musculoskeletal system.

  • Equine and canine biomechanics, clinical implications and case reports
  • Subjective and objective gait analysis in theory and practice, Qualisys, Lameness Locator, Pressure Plate Treadmill
  • Functional lameness examination and interconnection school medicine and integrative therapy
  • Common orthopedic diseases in sports dogs and horses

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Module 2: 24.-26.04.2020

Physical and Electro Therapy: Potential, Interaction and Ramification

The field of physical and electro therapy for animals is huge and constantly growing, it can be difficult to decide which is the best treatment for the individual patient and which device you chose for your practice

We will give you a thorough overview of available options as well as compare and contrast their pros and cons such as:

Transcutaneous/Percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS/PENS), Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), Functional electrical stimulation (FES), Microcurrent electrical nerve stimulation (MENS), Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF), Electromagnetic field therapy (EMF), Molecular biophysical stimulation (MBST), Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

Ekinox, FasciaRelease (Neurostim, Matrix, ExtraCell, RollArt, Rapid Release)

Laser, Therapeutic Ultrasound, Shockwave, Diathermy, Tecar

In the practical sessions we will use various systems on appropriate tissues and learn how to optimally include them in your every day work

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Module 3 and 4: Autumn 2020: 27.-29.11.2020 and Spring 2021

Physiology and Training I & II

Manual therapy is an important part of modern rehabilitation. To provide optimal care for our patients a ‚big picture‘ holistic approach is required. This includes follow up training, specific nutrition and training equipment for our patients, as well as core strengthening and proprioceptive training for the four- and two-legged athletes!

  • Training physiology - training with stimuli, interval training, rest periods, nutrition and supplements - muscle development and performance
  • Riding is the most common training method for horses: how can we optimize biomechanics, self-carriage, engagement and proprioception as well as muscle strength and functional stabilization in our patients?
  • Lunging can support other forms rehabilitation and training: what are the pros and cons of specific lunging programs such as Equikinetic or Schiefentherapie
  • Pole work, lunging equipment, side reins, therabands, stabilization trainers, proprioceptive mats, vibration therapy will all be discussed
  • In dogs we will look at agility training and foot work, as well as training routines for different conditions, breeds and disciplines
  • Trainings equipment for dogs, balance pads and parcours, treadmill and weight training
  • Human chiropractic and core training, horse and rider interaction
  • Equipment: a well fitting saddle and bridle respectively collar and harness are absolutely necessary for successful training, we will look at different solutions in theory and practice and learn the key points for evaluating equipment

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Module 5: Autumn 2021

Kinesio Taping, Soft tissue palpation, injury detection and sport dog manipulation

In this module we focus on soft tissue issues and their rehabilitation which will add a very valuable skill set to your existing tools. Your ability to support healing structures as well as optimize the performance of competing four-legged athletes will greatly benefit from these techniques.

  • Kinesio Taping is a great addition for the rehabilitation of patients as well as the support of new and functional movement pattern
  • We will explain the theory behind taping and practice how to apply it for specific issues in the practical sessions
  • Identifying soft tissue injuries: often overlooked in traditional veterinary medicine, a thorough manual examination to detect common muscle, tendon and ligament injuries in dogs will be presented
  • Mobilization Techniques: effective mobilization techniques will be taught, including differences between actively competing dogs, companion dogs, geriatric and chronic pain patients

Course Summary: Applied Biomechanics and Rehabilitation


5 Modules à 2.5 days, courses can be booked individually

November 2019 - November 2021

ATF/CPD hours: 20 per module

Course fee: 790,- per module, discount for taking all modules

IAVC Certification: Certified Equine and Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner by attending the entire five-course series!