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Advanced Trigger Point Therapy Protocols

  • Chicago School of Canine Massage 1975 Cornell Avenue Melrose Park, IL, 60160 United States (map)


AUGUST 26TH – 28TH, 2016
9AM - 5PM


The Advanced Canine Trigger Point Therapy Protocols class is a 3-day hands-on course covering a wide range of topics, including a review of myofascial trigger points definition, cause, affects, and a clinical approach to massage treatment techniques.  It also includes the anatomy of approximately 30 muscles covering origin, insertion, and action, as well as trigger point locations within the muscles.  The majority of the course is dedicated to using that knowledge to define individual protocols to treat muscle dysfunction affecting the canine neck, shoulders, elbows, carpus, lumbar back, hips, stifle, and hocks. There is also a lesson dedicated to addressing the iliopsoas muscles.  Typical cases will reviewed in class to allow the students to apply the knowledge gained to practical situations that they may encounter in their practice.

Students will be paired up with a dog to get hands-on instruction and practice of locating, identifying, and treating myofascial trigger points. Course materials include a notebook of presented material including locations of approximately 70 trigger points, muscle locations relative to the dog body and skeletal system, photos of hand positions for checking range of motion (ROM), and protocol charts.

This course is approved by the NCBTMB for 24 hours of continuing education credit. There is a prerequisite for the advanced protocols class. Students must have had prior training in massage therapy or trigger point therapy.


Ken Bain is a Texas Licensed Massage Therapist and Massage Therapy Instructor, specializing in trigger point therapy for both humans and canines.  Ken is a graduate of the Texas School of Massage, the Institute of Trigger Point Therapy, PetMassage LTD, Massage Awareness in Wellington, FL, and the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage.  He is a member of IAAMB and ABMP.  Ken is certified as an approved continuing education provider with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.