Myofascial Kinetic Lines in the Horse & Dog

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A new and functional way to understand the locomotion system.

Vibeke S. Elbrønd,
DVM, Ph.D.,
Cert. Vet. Kir., Cert. Vet. Aku., Func. Indir. Osteop.,

An improved understanding of the fascia system in relation to body functions e.g. locomotion and posture is essential nowadays. The fascia system integrates the body in a 3D network which extend from the skin and deep into the body into the single cell and cell nucleus. The fascia represents the basic skeleton of all structures in the body. The functions of the fascia are numerous and span from pure mechanical to close collaborations and communications with the central nervous system.

In this course kinetic myofascial lines in the horse and dog (Elbrønd and Schultz, 2015) will be presented and explained in theory and with hands on. Inspired by Tom Myers (Myofascial trains, KMI), eleven equine and canine myofascial kinetic lines have been dissected and isolated. The lines interact in a full-body network spanning from top to toe, inside to outside, and they balance each other in every direction – in standing and motion.  Detailed knowledge of the lines is a valuable tool to evaluate and understand the body balance, functionality and compensatory mechanism in horses and dogs under normal and pathological condition. 

Elbrønd V. S. and Schultz, R. M. (2015). Myofascia - the unexplored tissue: Myofascial kinetic lines in horses, a model for describing locomotion using comparative dissection studies derived from human lines. Med. Res. Arch. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18103/mra.v0i3.125

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