International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic

Myofascial Kinetic Lines in the Horse and Dog

A new and functional way to understand the locomotion system.


Saturday and Sunday (9am – 6pm) March 2nd and 3rd, 2024 at the Heimathaus Sittensen, Am Heimathaus 4, 27419 Sittensen, Germany

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Vibeke S. Elbrønd, DVM, Ph.D., Cert. Vet. Kir., Cert. Vet. Aku. Func. Indir. Osteop.

Understanding the fascia system and its function in relation to locomotion and posture is essential in advancing our understanding. The fascia system integrates the body in a three dimensional network, which extends from the skin and deep into the body, and exists as well at the cellular level into into individual cells and even the cell nucleus. The fascia represents the fundamental skeleton of all structures in the body. The functions of the fascia are numerous and span from pure mechanical to many interconnected functions as well as communications with the central nervous system.

In this course kinetic myofascial lines in the horse and dog will be presented and explained in theory and in practice. Inspired by Dr. Tom Myers (Myofascial Trains), eleven equine and canine myofascial kinetic lines have been dissected and isolated. The lines interact in a full-body network, spanning from head to toe, inside to outside, and they balance each other in every direction – in both, standing and motion. Detailed knowledge of the lines is a valuable tool to evaluate and understand the body balance, functionality and compensatory mechanisms in horses and dogs under normal and pathological conditions.

Prof. Dr. Vibeke Sødring Elbrønd, DVM, Ph.D., Cert. Vet. Kir., Cert. Vet. Aku., Func. Indir. Osteop.

Prof. Dr. Elbrønd graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Copenhagen and has a PhD in Anatomy and Physiology. She is Associate Professor in Anatomy and Biochemistry at the Department of Veterinary and Animal Science. In 2008 she completed the Veterinary Chiropractic program with the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic (IAVC). Since then her research field is biomechanics and functional anatomy, with a focus on fasciae functionality and integrity of fasciae.
She has lectured at several conferences, courses and workshops on Fascia. In 2007 she was certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA) and in 2017 by International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). Currently she is following classes in normalization techniques in animals using manual indirect techniques. Besides working at the University, she runs a small practice where she treats the locomotion system of dogs and horses using manual therapies such as chiropractic and fasciae release as well as laser and acupuncture therapies.