Laurie's Blogs.

 

14
Mar 2020

Gluteal Exercises for the Dog

The inspiration for this blog came from an article that I read regarding exercises for the gluteal muscles in people.  Essentially, the article talked about training the glutes in 3 different positions and how this was key for full retraining of gluteal function.  That ...
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07
Mar 2020

Guest Blog - Laser for Pulmonary Fibrosis

by Peter A. Jenkins, MBA I've received a few questions about Westie lung disease in the past few years. There's even a Facebook group devoted to it, and a lot of talk about treating it with laser therapy; they seem to believe that it's only effective with Class 4 laser (whic...
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29
Feb 2020

Competition Dog and Emotional Stress

This blog is very much ‘outside the box’!  In fact, it’s a topic I’ve never heard talked about!Human athletes can suffer injuries not only from training overload or injury but as a result of too much emotional stress!  Sure!  Why not? &...
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22
Feb 2020

Protocol Survey Responses

 Thank you so much to everyone that responded to the survey I put up last week.  Today I’m sharing with you the responses.  I love survey responses!  We should do more of this!  Okay, here we go! This first question was simply, “Do you us...
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15
Feb 2020

Should you still be following rehabilitation protocols?

I found a fascinating blog post about this exact topic.  It got my head spinning with things I’ve been taught as a human physio, things I’ve done in human practice, my experiences in doing canine rehab for over a quarter century, and from teaching canine rehab ...
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08
Feb 2020

Transitioning into appreciation for the ‘old dog’

This past week and a half I had two patients come in. Both older dogs.  And both facing a decline in their health.  It got me to thinking about the mindset of clients and how to get them to transition from ‘Keep my dog strong, young and healthy’ to ‘I ...
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01
Feb 2020

Post-Op CCL observations from the front line

There’s something I’ve noticed with post-op cruciate dogs.  Regardless of the surgery type, if there has been a hiccup in their recovery (prolonged swelling, inadequate pain management, concurrent or late-stage meniscal tear, infection near the plate, broken scre...
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25
Jan 2020

Metal reactivity in dogs

Quite some time ago I received a question about metal reactivity in dogs.  It’s taken me a while, but I decided to look through the literature to see what I could find.  So here we go! Kimura T (2007) described cases of contact hypersensitivity to stainless-s...
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18
Jan 2020

What kind of manual therapy do you start with?

This past weekend, I was teaching my Advanced Manual Therapy for the Canine Spine course here in Calgary.  (It’s my favourite course!  I think the information is a real game changer in rehab practice!)  Anyways, I was asked a question.  “Do you do ...
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11
Jan 2020

How wide is your pulse? E-stim settings

So, while looking up a wee factoid (milliseconds versus microseconds) in regards to pulse duration on an e-stim, I came across an interesting paper. Gorgey AS & Dudley GA.  The role of pulse duration and stimulation duration in maximizing the normalized torque durin...
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