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Amazing structure - keep muscle function healthy!!🔈 STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS OF SKELETAL MUSCLES

A. A motor unit consists of a single motor neuron and the muscle fibers innervated by it.

B. Epimysium is the same as investing fascia. Actin (thin) and myosin (thick) filaments are contractile elements in the muscle fibers.


Muscles serve specific functions in moving and positioning the body:

• A prime mover (agonist) is the main muscle responsible for producing a specific movement of the body. It contracts concentrically to produce the desired movement, doing most of the work (expending most of the energy) required. In most movements, there is a single prime mover, but some movements involve two prime movers working in equal measure.

• A fixator steadies the proximal parts of a limb through isometric contraction while movements are occurring in distal parts.

• A synergist complements the action of a prime mover. It may directly assist a prime mover, providing a weaker or less mechanically advantaged component of the same movement, or it may assist indirectly, by serving as a fixator of an intervening joint when a prime mover passes over more than one joint, for example. It is not unusual to have several synergists assisting a prime mover in a particular movement.

• An antagonist is a muscle that opposes the action of another muscle. A primary antagonist directly opposes the prime mover, but synergists may also be opposed by secondary antagonists. As the active movers concentrically contract to produce a movement, antagonists eccentrically contract, relaxing progressively in coordination to produce a smooth movement.
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Wow!! There are 3 grades of muscle strain, depending on how many fibres are torn. Seeing muscle fibres in this amount of detail hopefully demonstrates why the body needs to rest, repair and regenerate before normal function can resume......🔈 HUMAN SKELETAL MUSCLE FIBERS SHOWN USING SCANNING ELECTRON MICROGRAPH (SEM)

Source: Science Photo Library
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This is my good friend's lovely collie - now an old boy at 14 years old (he was half that age when the photo was taken). He's doing brilliantly since he started on some pain relief meds and when he meets up with my 2 old boys, I swear they're all comparing notes! Just love the oldies xx ... See MoreSee Less

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Especially important for puppies on limited walks and injured/rehabilitating dogs......Absolutely let them sniff!
Graphic by our own Welfare For Animals
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Strange times we're living in re Covid 19 - but it's so good to be back massaging again!! I'm amazed at how the dogs just seem to take it all in their stride. I guess we'll all look back on this in years to come and say 'do you remember when.......' ... See MoreSee Less

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Oh so true for animals too.......𝐏𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐃𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬
📚Pain is a complex multidimensional experience that involves physical, cognitive and emotional factors. The degree to which each of these contribute to a person’s unique pain scenario can vary greatly and is something the intervening practitioner must recognize in order to optimize treatment success.

🔎Some people may experience musculoskeletal pain that is heavily driven by messaging from their tissues (sensory input or nociception), while others may experience pain that is modulated heavily by cognitions/beliefs or their emotions.

🧠It is important that we remember each person's pain is real and unique and that we take the time to listen to their story. Many times the drivers of the individual’s pain come out in their story rather than a bunch of complicated orthopedic tests. I can't tell you how many times I have been working with a patient and on their third or fourth visit they say something like, 'I just remembered my pain began about the time my kids left for college' or 'when I lost my job'. If we are too focused on muscles, fascia or whatever other tissue, we often miss what is happening to the whole person.

✅Health should always be examined through a biopsychosocial lens. Let's not forget this.
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Just how amazingly intricate......🔈 THIS IS HOW MUSCLES WORK

Muscles contract when they receive a motor impulse from a motor nerve. These nerve impulses serve only a limited number of muscle fibers. The muscle fibers served by a single motor neuron make up a structure known as a motor unit. Motor units allow for selective contraction of muscle fibers so that we may control the strength and extent of muscle contraction. Without motor units a nerve impulse to the muscle would result in the entire muscle contracting to its full extent. That would make every motion that we make an “all or none” motion. This type of movement would make life nearly impossible.

Note that this diagram shows a neuromuscular junction of one motor neuron with one muscle fiber. In a motor unit the motor neuron branches to form neuromuscular junctions with several muscle fibers. To repeat, a motor neuron and all of the muscle fibers it supplies is called a MOTOR UNIT.
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Sunday October 11th 9.30-5.30

A day of learning about different techniques to help your pets.

7 seminars covering
Titre testing/herbal medicine
Veterinary physiotherapy
Canine Bowen technique
Canine massage
Essential oils and hydrosols
Holistic and conventional first aid

Tickets will be £30 with 20% of all ticket sales going to an animal charity TBC

This event will be hosted via zoom with an option to watch it at a later date if you are unable to make all of the seminars. Speakers will welcome questions

Limited tickets available ❤️

More information to follow...
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If you think your dog would benefit from Canine Massage Therapy or would like to know more about it, please contact Helen.