The program is delivered in a hybrid format of online lecture, hands on lab sessions, case studies and an online exam.  This course is the Part I Online.



This certified small animal myofascial practitioner (CSMP) program will provide an overview of muscle and fascia, myofascial pain syndromes and trigger points. Palpation, diagnosis, and a wide range of treatment options are then discussed, including treatment technique, legislation, and needle safety. The 25 muscles that we are going to focus on in this course are then covered extensively with an emphasis on location, referral patterns and treatment protocols per muscle group.

(10 hours online lecture)

All enrollees for the CSMP I will receive a copy of the textbook required for the course:   A Clinicians Guide to Myofascial Pain in the Canine Patient
Guide to Myofascial Pain in the Canine Patient





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  1. Defining the relationship of muscle, fascia, and trigger points
  2. Myofascial pain syndromes in cats/dogs & treatment
  3. Palpation
  4. Diagnosis including Gait Analysis
  5. Acupuncture vs Dry Needling
  6. Treatment, Needle Use and Techniques
  7. Shockwave and laser
  8. Kinesiology taping
  9. Other modalities, needle safety and legislation


ONLINE SECTION 2:                                                         


  1. Sternocleidomastoid (SCM), Omotransverse, Trapezius
  2. Rhomboid, Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus
  3. Deltoid, bicep, tricep
  4. Teres, Latissimus dorsi, Pectorals
  5. Superficial and middle glut, TFL, Piriformis
  6. Hamstrings, adductors, and femoral triangle
  7. Quadriceps, Sartorius, Gracilis
  8. QL, paraspinals

Learning Objectives

Students of the Myofascial Practitioner Program will be trained on the following subjects, concepts, and competencies:

  • Muscle and fascial functional anatomy and physiology
  • Myofascial pain syndromes and myofascial trigger point classifications
  • Palpation techniques
  • Diagnosis and gait analysis
  • Needle techniques and other treatment modalities
  • Kinesiology taping
  • Needle safety and legislation
  • Muscle groups – identifying, diagnosing, and treating myofascial trigger points effectively


Upon completion of the Myofascial Practitioner Program, participants will have knowledge and be able to show proficiency in the following concepts:

  • Identifying myofascial dysfunction and myofascial trigger points
  • Demonstrate effective palpatory and diagnostic techniques specific to myofascial trigger points
  • Develop a treatment plan including different treatment options such as myofascial dry needling, laser, extracorporeal shockwave, and other modalities.
  • Discuss precautions and contraindications, as well as common reactions to trigger point therapy.
  • Demonstrate efficiency and effectivity in the treatment options for their scope of practice.
  • Develop a treatment plan and after care guidelines.


The program is open to the following:

  • Veterinarians
  • Licensed Veterinary Technicians
  • Physical Therapists with documented work experience in the veterinary/animal healthcare field


RACE Program Approval Pending
Program Title: Certified Small Animal Myofascial Practitioner (CSMP) Program – Part I – Online
Hours: 10

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