STAAR Symposium


  • 175 Park Avenue Florham Park, NJ, 07932 United States

CSCM is proud to announce our return to the 2017 STAAR Symposium. Denise will be presenting three exciting workshops for veterinary professionals.

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy

Thursday, April, 27, 9:00am - 6:30pm
Course Description:  Myofascial trigger point therapy is one of the most effective soft tissue treatments for reducing and eliminating musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction in both humans and dogs. Many dogs that present with on-and-off lameness, chronic dysfunction, and/or limited mobility very often suffer from myofascial trigger points. Trigger points initiate a downward spiral that begins with limited range of motion and inhibited muscle contractibility; they are often responsible for a multitude of issues including ischemia in the tissues, referred pain patterns, nerve impingement, and limited joint movement, which adds to degenerative changes within the joints.  Myofascial trigger point therapy is a powerful and indispensable tool that should be part of every rehab practitioner’s toolbox. It is a time-efficient way to assess tissue health, and it effectively decreases pain, increases range of motion, and assists in tissue healing, which allows ongoing strengthening and rehabilitation.


Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy

Friday, April, 28, 8:30am - 6:30pm
Course Description:  Myofascial trigger point therapy is one of the most effective soft tissue treatments for reducing and eliminating musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction in both humans and dogs. Many dogs that present with on-and-off lameness, chronic dysfunction, and/or limited mobility very often suffer from myofascial trigger points. Trigger points initiate a downward spiral that begins with limited range of motion and inhibited muscle contractibility; they are often responsible for a multitude of issues including ischemia in the tissues, referred pain patterns, nerve impingement, and limited joint movement, which adds to degenerative changes within the joints.  Myofascial trigger point therapy is a powerful and indispensable tool that should be part of every rehab practitioner’s toolbox. It is a time-efficient way to assess tissue health, and it effectively decreases pain, increases range of motion, and assists in tissue healing, which allows ongoing strengthening and rehabilitation.


Transverse Friction for Tendon and Ligament Injuries

Saturday, April 29, 8:30am – 12:45pm OR 2:15pm - 6:30pm
Course Description:  In this workshop, students will discover some theoretical and practical features of Cyriax transverse or deep cross-fiber friction massage techniques.  Deep transverse friction initiates a multitude of effects: it creates hyperemia, which helps to evacuate pain-triggering metabolites; it promotes movement of the affected structure, which prevents or destroys adhesions and helps to optimize the quality of the scar tissue (tensile strength); it stimulates mechanoreceptors, which produce a quantity of afferent impulses that, in turn, produce a temporary analgesia when mobilization exercises are incorporated.  Deep transverse friction also creates a controlled inflammatory response, promoting healing in tissues with low vascularity, such as tendons, ligaments, aponeuroses, and fascial networks. This form of soft tissue manipulation improves connective tissue mobility, breaks down and realigns scar tissue, and deactivates myofascial trigger points in ligaments and periosteum attachments of tendons.