JHH Physiotherapy Research Digest: spotlight on multifidus of the equine spine

JHH Physiotherapy Research Digest: spotlight on multifidus of the equine spine

Question: does active exercise improve the size and symmetry of the deep stability muscle of the equine spine, multifidus?

Short answer, yes it does!

Long answer, read on!

Stubbs and others completed a key study evaluating the effect of particular exercises on the size and symmetry of a very important muscle in the equine spine called multifidus. This paper was published in the Equine Veterinary Journal in 2011.

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The link between conformation of the horse and athletic performance

The link between conformation of the horse and athletic performance

So what about the horse, Equus caballus? Just like the dog, Canis lupus familiaris, horses formed a symbiotic relationship with and are intimately entwined in our history and in the development of our civilisation. Humans in turn are largely accountable for the development of hundreds of breeds of the horse – each with their own unique conformational characteristics.

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The link between conformation of the dog and athletic performance

The link between conformation of the dog and athletic performance

Of all terrestrial mammals, both the horse and the dog can be considered to be two of the most successful and diverse species to inhabit this planet. These species each formed a symbiotic relationship with humans, ultimately becoming intimately entwined in our history and the development of our civilisation. Humans in turn are largely accountable for the development of hundreds of breeds of both horse and dog – each with their own unique conformational characteristics.

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Myofascial Trigger Points

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 points 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 known as trigger points. 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 in Physiotherapy

Massage in Physiotherapy

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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