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06
Jul 2024

Kinesiology Taping – Do You Really Need to Know What You’re Doing?

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

 Today I want to dive into kinesiology taping / K-taping / kinesiotaping.  More importantly, is it imperative that you follow the various taping rules in order to make an impact on postural control, proprioception, and/or joint positional sense? I found a couple of...
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29
Jun 2024

Anconeus Muscle Injury

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

 I randomly came across a journal article about an anconeus muscle injury in a juvenile greyhound.  I’ve never heard of such a thing!  When I teach anatomy, anconeus is one of the muscles that I say, “This is just a muscle that you need to know about if...
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22
Jun 2024

Understanding the Distinct Approaches of Physical Therapists and Orthopedic Surgeons in Patient Assessment

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

 When it comes to musculoskeletal issues, both physical therapists (PTs) and orthopedic surgeons play crucial roles in diagnosing and treating patients. However, their approaches to patient assessment and treatment planning differ significantly. These differences stem from t...
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15
Jun 2024

Laser Therapy versus Pulsed Electromagnetic Field

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

  I was looking up research on using these modalities in combination, however I ended up finding mostly comparison studies…  So, here we go, let’s dive into this topic! I went into this search a bit biased, but genuinely curious.  There was l...
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08
Jun 2024

What to Notice When Asking a Dog about Pain

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

What to notice when asking a dog about pain.That might sound like a funny way to put it.  You can’t literally ask a dog where it has pain.  This is an argument I’ve heard from some animal physiotherapy deniers in the past.  However, anyone that has work...
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01
Jun 2024

Supraspinatus Tendinopathy Research and Thoughts

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

 In searching for a topic for today’s blog, I came across a different blog on supraspinatus tendinopathies.  Whenever I see such things, I am always drawn towards check out pubmed to see “What’s New?”  And that's what I did here!  So jo...
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24
May 2024

Five Studies in Five Minutes – Intra Articular Injections in Dogs…

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

Looking for a quick ‘top up’ of your knowledge on intra-articular injections for osteoarthritis in dogs?  I’ve got you covered!  Here’s a quick pick of 5 research papers and their findings on the subject!  Happy reading! Alves JC, Santo...
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18
May 2024

Canine Cervical Disc Disease – Knowledge Nuggets

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

I came across one paper on this topic, which led me to search for more papers… with the thought that it is nice to bring together a grouping of papers to help round out how we should put the information in to clinical context.  In other words, to improve the “Wh...
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11
May 2024

Attenuation in Photobiomodulation/ PBM / LLLT / Laser Therapy / Cold Laser

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

I’m sure I’ll be missing some points here… but this was my quick and dirty dive into the topic of laser light attenuation.  Part of my Laser Therapy 101 series!  Attenuation is a general term that refers to any reduction in the strength of a sign...
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04
May 2024

Laser Light Reflection, Eye Exposure, and Random Musings

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

Here’s the story kids:  At the conference I was at most recently, a couple of the sales people came up to the Animal Rehab Division booth to ask our opinion on their Class 4 laser for animals.  (To be clear, it was a human physiotherapy conference, so they were le...
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