Thank you for joining our “Tools of the Trade” course. In this short course, we will explore a variety of mechanical modalities that can support the health and well-being of animals. For each, we will look at the mechanism involved in delivery of energy as well as their safety. I was inspired to create this short course because so many of our students and graduates would send me questions about what, if any, of these therapies they should choose for their practice and which would be the most sensible investment for their practice and their clients.
Many therapists will add one or more of these tools to their practice to complement the hands-on work they are doing (massage, acupressure or otherwise). They can be a great way to diversify your offerings or to maximize your time efficiency. They are extremely popular in competitive venues such as horse shows or dog trials.
If you are a pet-owner or horse-owner, you might consider these tools for ongoing management of a condition in your animals, with the guidance of your veterinarian.
It is important to check the regulations in your area to be sure it is legal for you to provide these services in your state or region. Some areas require veterinary referral or prescription for some modalities. A few states restrict their use to veterinarian staff only. Oftentimes, you may use these technologies for health and well-being, but not for specific treatment of conditions unless diagnosed by a veterinarian first.
In either case, it is helpful to appreciate their value and in the case of professional practitioners, to understand your potential competition.
In my own practice, mechanical modalities have played a large role in my success. However, they have always been a complement to my own hands, the most important and reliable tool in my toolbox! Mechanical therapies also come in and out of vogue in different animal circles, so timing is important. I do love working with different tools and having ways to serve my clients differently, some of the best results I have seen have been with my laser or with kinesiology taping.
I look forward to sharing this information with you here and supporting the health of your animals or your clients!