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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