ICAT Equine Physical Therapy And Myopractic Practitioner Course


This is a method of restoring health by gentle structured integrated techniques, incorporating corrective precise moves and thrusts upon the bones of the head, spinal column, pelvis and limbs, thereby ensuring the proper functioning of the neuroskeletal dynamics which control the natural self-healing capability of the body.
ICAT™ Equine Physical Therapy & Myopractic therapists are trained to assess bone misalignments by using their hands and to correct any of these subluxations with highly refined yet extremely gentle flicks and thrusts. Sports massage, myofascial release, shiatsu and acupressure techniques are also incorporated into the treatment. Remedial exercises will be recommended and advice will always be given to help avoid a recurrence of the problem. This may well include referral back to the authorising veterinarian or to other para professionals such as saddle fitters, farriers and equine dentists. It is important to realise that this therapy does not just relieve pain, but it can, and often does, assist in the removal of other dis-ease. This is because no cell or organ of the equine body can function properly without its correct supply of nerve impulses, we term this neurokinetics. Our therapists usually treat the whole equine body at each treatment session. This is because a problem in one part of the body can lead to problems in other areas, hence Hugh Corley’s motto ‘The whole body whole’

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Aims and Objectives

The main aim of the ICAT Equine Physical Therapy And Myopractic Practitioner course is to enable candidates to gain the theoretical and practical skills in order to provide Equine Myopractic treatments for the purpose of stress reduction, relaxation and rehabilitation.

It also aims:

  • To provide opportunities for staff in the Animal Welfare industry to gain a qualification
  • To qualify candidates as ICAT Equine Myopractic practitioners in the Animal Welfare industry
  • To sustain the interests of candidates wanting to work in the Animal Welfare industry
  • To encourage knowledge and understanding of Complementary Therapies in the animal welfare industry
  • To provide opportunities for candidates to focus on the development of the major key skills and the wider key skills in a therapy context, such as communicating with clientele, working with others and problem solving
  • To provide opportunities for candidates to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in employment as an ICAT Equine Myopractic practitioner

The candidate will study the theory of ICAT Equine Myopractic treatments to include practical application of Equine Myopractic techniques, as well as anatomy, physiology and pathology of the equine body. The underpinning knowledge and skills required to successfully perform these treatments are also required.

Entrance Criteria:
It is anticipated that students will have completed the ICAT™ Equine Sports Massage course, or have been educated to RQF Level 3, or have extensive experience in the equine industry. Applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.

Course Delivery
The course will be delivered over 16 months. Tutorials will be taught bi monthly over wed/thurs/fri (including a three month externship). There will be a great deal of emphasis placed upon the practical application of techniques as well as home study modules on anatomy and physiology and practical case studies.

Opportunities for Progression
Once candidates have achieved the ICAT Equine Physical Therapy And Myopractic Practitioner status they may progress onto other career pathways, for example:

  • Equine Physiotherapy
  • Equine Behaviour and Welfare
  • Veterinary College

Successful completion of this course qualifies graduates to operate their own practice working with veterinary referrals. Graduates can also gain employment in equine rehabilitations yards, veterinary practices, competition yards, animal charities and welfare organisations and many various aspects of the equine industry.

Professional body membership and insurance
Professional indemnity and public liability insurance can be obtained via The Association of Complementary Animal Therapists (ACAT).

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