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7th Annual STAAR Symposium on Therapeutic Advances in Animal Rehabilitation


  • Wyndham Hamilton Park 175 Park Avenue Florham Park, NJ, 07932 United States (map)

The Symposium on Therapeutic Advances in Animal Rehabilitation (STAAR) is a unique boutique conference that provides continuing interactive, practical education for animal rehabilitation professionals. 

Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers in an intimate setting. Explore new concepts, techniques, and treatments in rehabilitative medicine, and learn advanced physical therapy skills taught by leaders in the field.


Post-Surgical and Post-Injury Massage and Edema Management
INSTRUCTOR: Denise Theobald, LMT, CVMRT, NCCMT
DATES: April 14th & April 15 (1/2 day workshops)
TIME:  
8:00am – 12:30pm (1/2 hour break)
COURSE RATING:  ★★ DVM/VMD, PT, CCRP, CCRT     ★★★ PTA, VT, CCRA
CONTACT HOURS: 4 (RACE Approval Pending)                                                                       $419
Includes breakfast and mid morning snacks

Course Description:  
Swelling and edema that are related to orthopedic injuries, surgical interruption of soft tissue, and traumatic conditions can interfere with and impede successful treatment by even the most advanced practitioner. In this workshop, you will learn how to reduce post-surgical and acute injury swelling using manual soft tissue techniques that stimulate the lymphatic system to remove excess fluid. Applying these techniques will help the body facilitate reabsorption of fluid created by the inflammatory response associated with the healing process. The results are faster healing time, reduction in acute pain, and increased ROM and function, all of which enable a better outcome for patients. Addressing edema early on will also avoid stagnation of fluid in the tissues beneath the skin, which can lead to adhesions, excessive scar tissue, chronic pain, and decreased range of motion.  Additionally, this workshop will present various massage techniques for reducing and breaking down myofascial restriction around scarring in tissue regardless of the length of time the scarring has been present.  Attendees will learn the basics of lymphatic system anatomy; the role of the facial network responsible for the problematic initial and secondary swelling response; and how to deal with acute and chronic scar tissue that impedes recovery and causes pain, restriction, and interruptions in rehabilitative protocols.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the role and importance of soft tissue techniques used to reduce acute and chronic swelling and edema/pain associated with trauma, injury, and surgical procedures.
  • Gain a basic understanding of lymphatic system anatomy as it relates to the techniques presented. 
  • Understand the difference between acute and chronic swelling/edema.Learn and practice palpation and observation skills for discerning healthy vs. unhealthy tissue along with the intuitive nature of "thinking fingers." 
  • Learn and practice various techniques for reducing swelling and edema, including when, why, and how to use them.
  • Learn and practice basic techniques for breaking up and realigning constriction around scar tissue.
  • Understand indications and contraindications of massage techniques presented.

Course Outline 

  • Intro to post-surgical/injury massage
    • Research
  • Basic anatomy of the lymphatic system and inflammatory response
  • Indications and goals for post-surgical/injury massage techniques
  • Contraindications and the absolute NOs of this work
  • Ancillary modalities to enhance lymphatic techniques 
  • The role of PROM and exercise
  • Video demonstration
  • Lab 
  • Demonstration and hands-on learning of techniques
  • Demonstration – understanding the "touch"
  • Gaining permission and compliance
  • Simple lymphatic boosting protocol
  • Acute edema clearing
  • Chronic secondary swelling
  • Chronic superficial scarring breakdow

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