CN3040E Canine Myofascial Release Level I

Dates: 23 – 26 June —– | —– Cost: £795.00 —– | —– Registration —– | —– Payment

Instructor: Ruth Mitchell-Golladay, PT, EEBW

In this 4 day course, Ruth Mitchell Golladay leads participants through the theory, concepts and application of MFR in canine therapy.

Myofascial Release (MFR) has long been an effective treatment modality for humans, and more recently it has become a frequent choice when caring for animals. This four-day course introduces the participant to the science of MFR, myofascial evaluation of the dog, and techniques to reduce myofascial dysfunctions. The course has a strong emphasis on practical sessions with the dogs, enabling students to apply the technique with confidence. Those already certified in Canine Sports Massage or other canine modalities will find that this dynamic technique will add a new dimension to their work. Students discover wonderful results when the MFR techniques are integrated into their existing routine.

Following the course, students will immediately be able to produce positive structural changes whether the problem is an acute or long standing dysfunction with this full body approach.

Course Outline


  • myofascial/osseous and related structures
  • anatomy
  • biomechanics
  • conformation and definition of common canine injuries
  • handling and safety
  • body mechanics for application

Myofascial Release Techniques

  • physical evaluations
  • gait analysis
  • lower extremities
  • lumbar/pelvic region
  • anterior & posterior thoracic region
  • cervical spine
  • atlas and axis

Additional Practicals

  • myofascial osseous release
  • myofascial stretching
  • therapeutic exercise

Students attend class daily from 8am to 5pm and have additional 3 hours of evening studies. There is an hour break for lunch. This is an intense course; please plan to attend for all four days.

Prerequisite: A working knowledge of veterinary vocabulary, anatomy and dog handling skills.

Suggested Reading:
Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy: The Dog & Cat (Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy)
by Stanley H. Done, et al.

Dog Anatomy: A Pictorial Approach to Canine Structure by Peter C. Goody. This text will be used in the class. Please have it with you. It is available at most online bookstores.