So I’m back from the blistering cold though it’s now much colder in Kingston than Calgary as I write this.  Walking out of the airport on Thursday evening to get my rental car quickly caused my airway to spasm leading to coughing.  Daytime highs of -28deg C are nothing to joke about.  Thankfully there was little wind.

I am so lucky that we have one of the canine physio gurus to teach us right here in Canada.  Laurie Edge-Hughes is a pioneer in our field, and not only is she brilliant, she’s also funny as hell.  It’s also really nice to meet other canine rehab therapists in person that you’ve only ever spoke to online.

2.5 days all focused on the canine spine and manual therapy techniques to learn!  What is manual therapy?  It’s a broad term that can be used to incorporate many techniques like massage, passive stretching, or chiropractics.  I think of it as applying pressure to the bones around a joint to elicit changes in order to improve pain and movement.  I.e. make your dog feel better.

After about 15 hours of class time my brain is pretty full and tired.  My plan is to sit with my manual and my dog (sorry Maggie) and play with all these new techniques so I can feel confident in using them in practice.  If you want to have me over for a tea or coffee, I’d be happy to practice on your dog too!

These techniques are beneficial for many types of dogs that may have slight performance issues like difficulties in weave pools or even trouble sitting straight, all the way to dogs with significant pain or paralysis from back issues. Was really interesting also to learn more about how the rib cage and the spine interact and how problems can arise from the ribs! Something I don’t think I’ve spent nearly enough time considering.