A fantastic Pre and Post Event workshop today for an Agility group in Melksham. Thank you Ewa and your gorgeous dogs for helping out. Thank you for arranging it Nicky and thank you to everyone and their dogs for being such willing learners. Good cake too! ... See MoreSee Less
Moving on from the post about fascia below. It’s often not possible to ‘sort something out’ in 1 session - whenever I see a new client, it’s like starting a new puzzle that gradually unravels. But when massage is appropriate, I aim to see an improvement in 1-3 sessions.I have spoken before about the left latissimus dorsi (which is attached to your left arm) being connected to the right glute max (which is connected to your right leg) via the thoracolumbar fascia. I have also said that if the glute max isn't working correctly then this will put added pressure on the opposite lat dorsi with possible shoulder pain. So the initial reaction would be to get the glute max working correctly, right?
BUT….it's not always as simple as that.
Now there is a principle referred to as reciprocal inhibition. According to the dictionary "Reciprocal inhibition describes the process of muscles on one side of a joint relaxing to accommodate contraction on the other side of that joint."
In a nutshell this means that if one side contracts then the other side has to relax. Reciprocal Inhibition also works in the sense that if one muscle is overly contracting all the time then the opposing muscle will gradually become weaker because it's being inhibited all the time.
And so in the case above. If there is a problem with the right shoulder then we check to see if the left glute is working correctly. If the left glute is inhibited then maybe that's due to the opposing muscles, which are the hip flexors (the muscles at the front of your thighs). So then we would need to look at releasing the hip flexors in order to allow the glutes to work correctly, and therefore taking off some of the pressure from the shoulder.
But then what if the hip flexors don't need relaxing but actually need strengthening? Maybe they are not working correctly which means that by the definition of reciprocal inhibition, the Glutes will work more so. And maybe the Glutes have been working so bloody hard that they are just overworked and so have taken a holiday. If this is the case then releasing the hip flexors (and stretching the hip flexors) would just put more pressure on the Glutes and make things worse.
Oh and if this balance between the flexors and extensors (Glutes) are out of sync then you might as well add knee issues to the story too.
So when you have a shoulder problem or any other problem for that matter….then you can see why it's not as simple as saying do X, Y and Z. We need to figure out what's going on in the first place.
Whilst this is human based, it is exactly the same whatever body we work on. Never just the affected part......Biomechanically the pelvis and shoulder are linked. This is what is referred to as a Myofascial sling.
The hamstrings starting from the tibia then insert into the Ischial tuberosity. This then continues along as the Sacro-tuberous ligament and then through the thoraco-Lumbar fascia. This then continues to the Latissimus dorsi which then inserts into the opposite scapula and humerus.
Therefore your Hamstrings actually attach to your arms!!!
So....if there is tension through this sling caused from a rotated pelvis, then the infraspinatus (a muscle on the scapula) can go into spasm and so prevents the biomechanical function of the shoulder. This is a common cause of shoulder injuries.
In order to reduce risk of shoulder injuries the pelvis must be in good biomechanical shape.
Therefore if you have shoulder pain, then you will need to have your pelvis assessed.
I'm really not going crazy if I assess your pelvis before looking at your shoulder!
Today the Canine Massage Guild, launch the innovative Integrated Veterinary Care Initiative (IVCI) at #crufts Hall1/24 , its a bridge-building educational project between Vets and Clinical Canine Massage Therapists from our association and its the first of its kind.
We have developed a range of literature and resources exclusively for vets, VN's and Practice Managers to request directly from us, to help them understand more about the phenomenal results Clinical Canine Massage can achieve and importantly the science behind it.
So, if you're a Vet, a Vet Nurse or a Practice Manager please visit our online resource to request your IVCI Pack in the post and to request a member to come and speak at your practice. www.k9-massageguild.co.uk/vet-information/
For our owners, you can also direct your vet to our educational resource using the URL below. As you may have heard we are also taking part in the worlds first Clinical Trials on #caninemassage with 2 Universities too!
We are so very dedicated to helping #dogs and owners and helping all our wonderful #vets out there to understand more about what we do.
A heart felt thank you for the support of the Veterinary Community and all dog owners out there who utilise our therapy to make a true difference
Guild stand...will look much better covered in dog hair, muddy paw prints and dog slobber, please help us redecorate by bringing your dog to come and see us 🐾🐾 #crufts Hall1 stand 24 ... See MoreSee Less
Many a time you may have heard that lactic acid is what causes the aching in your muscles after exercise (known as DOMS: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) and that Massage can remove lactic acid from the muscles. However, we now know that blood circulation actually removes the lactic acid from muscles....