Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness Part 2: Do animals experience DOMS?

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness Part 2: Do animals experience DOMS?

Do animals experience DOMS?

DOMS is not often described in equine or canine literature. In fact, the terms ‘horse’, ‘dog’, ‘equine’ or ‘canine’ and ‘DOMS‘ did not reveal any specific research papers when entered into several research databases recently. There are however several studies evaluating the effect of exercise on the muscle health of various species, the findings of which I have summarised below.

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Myofascial Trigger Points

Myofascial Trigger Points

What are myofascial trigger points?

Most of us will be familiar with the sensation of a knot in our upper trapezius muscle, that is the thick muscle running from our shoulder up to our neck. We often get tender knots in the muscle here if our posture is less than optimal, when stressed or spending prolonged periods of time studying or working at a computer. These knots are trigger points, and just like us, animals suffer from the effects of trigger points too. Fortunately, physiotherapy is very effective at addressing both the root cause of trigger points as well as treating and relieving trigger points themselves.

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Massage therapy

Massage therapy

Massage therapy has been used by humans for thousands of years, with many ancient cultures using massage to take advantage of its many benefits. The first known text on massage therapy dates back to 2700 BC in China – “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine”. The classical Greek term for massage is ‘anatripsis” which means ‘rubbing’ or ‘friction’. In fact, Hippocrates (460 BC) was a great advocate of massage therapy.

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Equitana 2016

Equitana 2016

After a very hectic fortnight catching up with life post Equitana, I finally found some time to relax with my hounds and catch up on some light reading. It is great to see physiotherapy for both horses and their riders being discussed in the media – see issue 6 of Equine magazine and issue 32 of Equestrian Life magazine, I highly recommend a read. It is very exciting to read about our wonderful physiotherapy profession in these beautiful publications.

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