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TITLE: Basic Manual Therapy for the Canine Spine

HOURS: Wed., Sept. 27, 8:30am - 6:30pm Thurs., Sept. 28, 8:30am - 6:30pm

Each day includes breakfast, lunch, snacks



CONTACT HOURS: (16.0 RACE-approved)


DESCRIPTION: If you have never taken a spinal manual therapy course from Laurie Edge-Hughes, then you are missing out on all that manual therapy can offer. Through lecture and lab, Laurie leads participants through a detailed evaluation of the canine spine from a mechanical perspective. Focus is on manual therapy concepts and evidence-based rationale for treatment selection. An integrated model for dealing with spinal mechanics is covered including force closure, form closure, and motor control and timing for the neck, back, pelvis and ribs. Participants gain a greater depth of understanding of spinal mechanics, a better appreciation for the detection of spinal dysfunctions, and the ability to manually treat (via mobilization techniques) the spinal system. Instruction is given regarding testing of the musculoskeletal control of the spine. Prescription is given for therapeutic exercises targeted specifically at fine motor control and core stability, and additional concepts regarding pain control and resolution of maladaptive postures and behaviours.


Basic Manual Therapy for the Canine Spine

  • Laurie Edge-Hughes, PT, MAn St, CAFCI, CCRT Co-Owner The Canine Fitness Centre Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Laurie Edge-Hughes obtained her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 1993 and has since focused her postgraduate training on orthopedics, osteopathy, acupuncture, and animal rehabilitation. Additionally, she completed her Master of Animal Studies in Animal Physiotherapy through the University of Queensland (Australia) in 2006.

    Laurie has the honor of having taught the first canine physiotherapy/physical therapy courses in Canada (1999), the USA (1999), and Australia (2001). She has been involved in the Animal Rehab Division since its inception in 1994 and teaches canine physiotherapy and rehabilitation courses for the Animal Rehab Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). Additionally, she presently holds the position of Past-Chair & Advocacy Lead for the Animal Rehab Division of the CPA. She taught for ten years for the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in the USA, and lecturers internationally as often as able.

    Laurie’s biggest teaching venture is currently via, an online educational platform for continuing education in canine rehabilitation / physiotherapy. Laurie co-owns and practices out of the Canine Fitness Centre Ltd ( in Calgary, Alberta.

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