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23
Feb 2024

Let’s Talk Flyball!

Laurie Edge-Hughes, BScPT, MAnimSt, CAFCI, CCRT, Cert. Sm. Anim. Acup / Dry Needling

Picture from: https://www.cleanrun.com/product/how_flyball_can_help_your_agility_skills_vice_versa/index.cfm A handful of studies have come forth over the last few years that look at the sport of flyball for dogs.  Flyball is a high-energy, adrenaline-surging, nois...
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17
Feb 2024

Too Much, Too Fast, Too Soon…

Do you have clients with canine athletes?  Or perhaps clients who are athletes themselves?  Have you come across the client that pushes their dog a little bit too much, too fast, too soon?Chances are, you’ve met one or two of these. Here’s the scenario....
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11
Feb 2024

An Interesting Study About Fibrotic Myopathy

A recent study was published on Fibrotic Myopathy.  This of course is a condition where by a caudal thigh muscle develops fibrosis.  It tends to occur in semitendinosis muscle or the gracilis muscle.  Etiology is not fully understood. Here’s the study:Wi...
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04
Feb 2024

Hypermobility and the correlation with behavioural traits such as anxiety!

Laurie Edge-Hughes, BScPT, MAnimSt, CAFCI, CCRT, Cert. Sm. Anim. Acup / Dry Needling

 Here’s a study that blew my mind!   Bowen J, Fatjó J, Serpell JA, Bulbena-Cabré A, Leighton E, Bulbena A. First evidence for an association between joint hypermobility and excitability in a non-human species, the domestic dog. Sci Rep. 201...
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27
Jan 2024

Fascinating Tales of Neck Mobilization Research Successes

Laurie Edge-Hughes, BScPT, MAnimSt, CAFCI, CCRT, Cert. Sm. Anim. Acup / Dry Needling

 Let’s talk about neck mobilizations for a wee while.  There are so few canine studies in this area… okay, I looked, there are precisely zero!!!  So, why not look at two legged guinea pig studies (i.e. those conducted on human patients) to guide us and...
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20
Jan 2024

Hung up on evidence-based physiotherapy practice

Laurie Edge-Hughes, BScPT, MAnimSt, CAFCI, CCRT, Cert. Sm. Anim. Acup / Dry Needling

I was perusing a physio forum where a physiotherapy student was asking about evidence based physiotherapy practice.  He was disappointed that on some of the student internships he had been on, that is preceptors were not practicing evidence based medicine.  They were us...
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13
Jan 2024

Neck Pain, Eye Pain, and Manual Therapy to the Rescue

Laurie Edge-Hughes, BScPT, MAnimSt, CAFCI, CCRT, Cert. Sm. Anim. Acup / Dry Needling

Terrible picture of Laurie, no makeup, bad hair, comfy clothes....looks like a bag lady... doing C1 assess and treat.It has been really stupidly cold here this past weekend.  Overnight lows down below -40 C/F.  Oh man, it is draining – even being inside!  [Th...
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06
Jan 2024

Land Treadmill or Water Treadmill for the Neurologic Dog?

Laurie Edge-Hughes, BScPT, MAnimSt, CAFCI, CCRT, Cert. Sm. Anim. Acup / Dry Needling

 The following blog highlights a journal article that as intended to provide scientific evidence for one purpose, but inadvertently helps we canine rehab clinicians for a different purpose!  I quite like to find little unintended nuggets of wisdom tucked into research a...
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30
Dec 2023

Conservative Management of IVDH and Disc Resorption or Regression

Laurie Edge-Hughes, BScPT, MAnimSt, CAFCI, CCRT, Cert. Sm. Anim. Acup / Dry Needling

 From Khan S, et al.  JSAP. 2022 Oct;63(10):797.  So my last blog received a comment that I think would be good to explore in this blog. (https://www.fourleg.com/Blog?b=650).  The comment pertained to the following sentence in my last blog. &ldq...
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23
Dec 2023

Lumbar Disc Herniations – Mobilize or Manipulate?

Laurie Edge-Hughes, BScPT, MAnimSt, CAFCI, CCRT, Cert. Sm. Anim. Acup / Dry Needling

 A new randomized clinical trial came across my desk -  Effects of spinal manipulation or mobilization as an adjunct to neurodynamic mobilization for lumbar disc herniation with radiculopathy: a randomized clinical trial (1).  I read it with interest as there alway...
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