Banishing the Forward Head With Eric Franklin

Check out this wonderful video from Eric Franklin. He reminds us that a forward head posture can cause  headaches and tension on the whole body. These are great tips for everyday office use!

Understanding Your Horses Mouth

The TMJ (temporal mandibular joint) is made up of more than just bones. Muscles, ligaments, and tendons surround the synovial joints (one on each side of the head) and play an important role in the whole function of the horse, including leads, gaits, balance and equilibriumin.20160705_202711.png

 The manible and the temporal bones connect in a capsulated joint where an articular disc allows for a gliding movement of the condyle. The mandible articulates and communicates with the temporal bone in this very strong, tight synovial joint capsule. It is supported by strong ligaments and covered by the muscles that coordinate the movement of the mandible for proper chewing also known as mastication.Any tightness in the muscles, tendons or ligaments will inhibit the proper function of the TMJ.

So what can we do to protect our four legged friends.

1. REGULAR DENTISTRY. This will reduce the presence of sharp edges and points that could disturb the normal gliding pattern of the TMJ.

As a massage therapist i always take note of the muscles on the forhead. If one side becomes over developed it can be a good indication of an imbalance in the tmj. The height of the eyes can also be a good assessment tool. The bottom corner of the eyes should be level. A difference from left to right can indicate a discrepancy in the length of teeth from right to left.

2. MASSAGE. Most horses enjoy having their heads rubbed,  however paying special attention to the massetters muscles on the cheeks and sternohyoid muscles along the front of the neck can alleviate tension and muscle imbalance allowing the TMJ to work properly.

3. PROPERLY FITTING TACK

A riders we are responsible to our 4 legged friends to make sure the bit is not sitting too high or too low. Problems with bridling or stearing can indicate a problem with the tmj or sharp points on the teeth.

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IT band pain? Maybe not.

IT band inflamatiin and adhesions can be very painful, but the pattern of pain is not always located along the length of this fibrous connective tissue. The pain from an it band issue is most commonly felt at the knee.20160510_084034 Trigger points in gluteus medius have a referral of pain that can travel along the length of the it band and is often mis diagnosed as an it band issue.

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Carpal tunnel?

There are many muscles that can create a pain pattern similar to carpal tunnel. The burning or aching feeling in the palm and the 3rd digit can sometimes be caused by trigger points in digitorum longus. It is a muscle in the forearm that helps with wrist extension. 20160425_121830

Ask your RMT about treatment options.

Tooth ache?

Have you ever had your scalp massaged?

Trigger points from the temporalis muscle can cause tooth aches in the upper teeth and pain that fans across the temples. Not only does it feel fantastic to have your head massaged, but your massage therapist can also treat your trigger points!temporalis-trigger-points

 

Horses need stretching too

Here is a great stretch to target the glutes on your horse. Remember to go slow and start with half a stretch

Bring the back leg up toward the opposite front foot to isolate the gluteals.

Back pain?

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Ever feel like your back is hurting but you dont know why? Do you have pain in your si joint?

Meet quadratus laborum (QL) its a stablizing muscle of the back and core. Trigger points or knots in this muscle can refer into the sacroilliac joint or down into the gluteus maximus. Talk to your rmt today!