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Here’s what they did to fix my elbow. I’m going to be restricted from using my hand and arm for a while.  I’m considerin...
26/03/2024

Here’s what they did to fix my elbow. I’m going to be restricted from using my hand and arm for a while. I’m considering revisiting the teaching days of my career by offering lectures, workshops and personal training consultations.

All of that being said, I would be interested in starting a conversation in the comments. Let me know your interests or what topics may be of interest. I would like to help people improve their skills as a professional and/or design a healthy habit or lifestyle….

What comes to your mind?

What’s your choice? …
19/03/2024

What’s your choice? …

You already know cardio and strength training are great forms of exercise, but is one better than the other? Find out in our detailed guide!

21/12/2023

The Downsides of Alfalfa

I haven’t shared this one in a while and I think it’s a good one to consider…

Feeding 100% alfalfa as a forage program presents several issues that can be problematic for some horses.

Issue 1: Excess protein intake. When a performance horse consumes a lot more protein than required the extra protein must be excreted via the urine. Along with the protein being excreted, water and electrolytes are also excreted. This can result in poor stamina, predisposition to dehydration, and reduced heat tolerance (especially in hot and humid conditions).

Issue 2: Alfalfa may also have negative implications in horses that suffer from Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (commonly termed “bleeders”). Here’s why--if the diet contributes more protein than the horse requires, the excess is broken down into urea and excreted in the urine (this is evident by the ammonia smell). Ammonia fumes inhaled repeatedly over time can cause irritation in the airway which may cause the horse to bleed when exercised at high intensity. **Note: the root cause is excess protein in the diet, not alfalfa itself. Excess protein can also come from unnecessary amounts of grain and supplements.

Issue 3: A 100% alfalfa diet alters intestinal pH in a manner that predisposes the horse to enteroliths.

Issue 4: Excess calories. While typically low in sugar, alfalfa is calorie dense, and if fed at high rates or to easy keepers, can oversupply calories. Obesity is an epidemic, and can lead to a long list of health issues.

My personal and general recommendation for alfalfa intake in performance horses (this include breeding and growing)- around 50% or less of total daily forage. (Total forage includes grass). Generally 0% for maintenance horses.

**EDIT- I am not saying alfalfa is bad. It’s a great component of a proper diet. I am also not saying that horses can't eat alfalfa. I am saying that it's not right (and definitely not necessary) for ALL horses because of the reasons mentioned above.

Holiday tips.  Enjoy!💥💥💥
18/11/2023

Holiday tips. Enjoy!💥💥💥

Worried about overindulging during the holidays? Boost your digestion and curb bloating by following these simple but effective strategies.

A work of living art…
17/11/2023

A work of living art…

The blood vascular system of the hoof... I just can’t get over how intricate it is ♥️

06/10/2023

The Knee Joint: “The knee joint is a synovial joint that connects three bones; the femur, tibia and patella. It is a complex hinge joint composed of two articulations; the tibiofemoral joint and patellofemoral joint. The tibiofemoral joint is an articulation between the tibia and the femur, while the patellofemoral joint is an articulation between the patella and the femur.

The knee joint is the largest and arguably the most stressed joint in the body. The arrangement of the bones in the joint provides a fulcrum that translates the actions of the flexor and extensor muscles of the knee. The arrangement of the extracapsular and intracapsular and ligaments, as well as extensions of muscles that cross the joint, provide the much needed stability that counters the considerable biomechanical stress brought upon the joint. As a hinged joint, the knee joint mostly allows movement along one axis in terms of flexion and extension of the knee in the sagittal plane. It also allows slight medial rotation during flexion and the last stage of extension of the knee, as well as lateral rotation when “unlocking” the knee.”

- Bradley Blair Osteopath

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11/09/2023

Anatomy Of A Tendon: “A tendon is a tough, flexible band of dense connective tissue that serves to attach skeletal muscles to bones. Tendons are found at the distal and proximal ends of muscles, binding them to the periosteum of bones at their proximal (origin) and distal attachment (insertion) on the bone. As muscles contract, the tendons transmit the mechanical force to the bones, pulling them and causing movement.

Being made of dense regular connective tissue, the tendons have an abundance of parallel collagen fibers, which provide them with high tensile strength (resistance to longitudinal force). The collagen fibers within a tendon are organized into fascicles, and individual fascicles are ensheathed by a thin layer of dense connective tissue called endotenon. In turn, groups of fascicles are ensheathed by a layer of dense irregular connective tissue called epitenon. Finally, the epitenon is encircled with a synovial sheath and attached to it by a delicate connective tissue band called mesotenon.”

- Bradley Blair Osteopath

This explains a lot…
08/09/2023

This explains a lot…

Savez-vous que des études montrent que le fascia est plus douloureux que la peau ou les muscles?

Quand l’on touche le fascia, l’on touche directement et sommes en interrelation direct avec le système nerveux autonome.

Le fascia et le système nerveux autonome semblent être intimement liés. La stimulation des mécanorécepteurs entraîne un abaissement du tonus sympathique ainsi qu'un changement de la viscosité des tissus locaux.

Le réseau fascial est l’un de nos organes sensoriels les plus riches.

Comme le fascia est innervé, il peut également être une source importante de douleur. Cela dit, la contribution des fascias aux syndromes douloureux ne peut être sous-estimée.
Le fascia contient à la fois des mécanorécepteurs et des nocicepteurs et a également une fonction proprioceptive.

Mécanorécepteurs:

Les fascias sont densément innervés par des mécanorécepteurs (organes terminaux de Golgi, corpuscules de Pacini, terminaisons de Ruffini, terminaisons nerveuses libres), sensibles à la pression manuelle.

Nocicepteurs:

Les fascias contiennent de nombreux nocicepteurs, principalement des nocicepteurs de fibres A et C, ce qui peut expliquer les descriptions de la douleur du fascia comme «bouillante, piquante, brûlantes et tranchantes».

Ceci peut amener le thérapeute à penser que la douleur perçue par le patient est due à une douleur neuropathique mais en réalité, la douleur vient des fascias. Une myriade de minuscules terminaisons nerveuses libres non myélinisées se trouvent presque partout dans les tissus fasciaux, mais particulièrement dans le périoste, dans les couches endomysiales et périmysiales et dans les tissus conjonctifs viscéraux.

Propriocepteurs:

Le fascia profond semble également avoir une fonction proprioceptive et peut donc affecter le contrôle moteur. L’hypothèse est que les expansions myofasciales pourraient garantir la coordination motrice entre les différents segments du corps, apportant un support anatomique aux chaînes myocinétiques.

Fibres sympathiques:

Le fascia et le système nerveux autonome semblent être intimement liés. La stimulation des mécanorécepteurs entraîne un abaissement du tonus sympathique ainsi qu’un changement de la viscosité des tissus locaux.

Des études sur l’anatomie du fascia thoraco-lombaire révèlent une relation étroite entre le système nerveux sympathique et la physiopathologie des troubles fasciaux. Quarante pour cent de l’innervation du fascia thoraco-lombaire sont constitués de fibres sympathiques, connues pour avoir un effet vasoconstricteur sur les vaisseaux sanguins, ce qui peut ensuite conduire à une ischémie du fascia. Cela peut aider à expliquer le phénomène d’augmentation de l’intensité de la douleur avec le stress psychologique, ce qui augmente l’activation du système nerveux sympathique.

Sources:
(Schidler et al, Pain 2014, Pain Rep 2018)

(Mense 2007; Tesarz et al. 2011).

(Gibson 2009; Deising et al. 2012).

(Stecco C. 2015a)

(Willard et al, 2012).

This is a very comprehensive guideline regarding fats and oils in our diet. The charts and lists of desirable products i...
17/07/2023

This is a very comprehensive guideline regarding fats and oils in our diet. The charts and lists of desirable products is at the end…

Linoleic acid found in vegetables and seed oils may be the biggest contributor to chronic disease in the Western world. Read the shocking findings here.

Contact me for all your BEMER needs…https://Performanceposture.bemergroup.com
13/07/2023

Contact me for all your BEMER needs…

https://Performanceposture.bemergroup.com

See all of the ways you can get BEMER technology as a part of your daily health routine with our selection of products, sets, and applicators.

13/07/2023

Horses travel every day for a number of reasons—to be bought and sold, for competition, for breeding purposes, etc. Whatever the reason, horse owners should be aware of the complications that may occur due to transportation, including traumatic injuries, diarrhea, muscular problems, respiratory problems, overheating, colic, and even laminitis (in the case of overweight horses).

Following are a few tips to help your equine friend maintain good health and welfare during transport. This list is by no means complete and we encourage you to reach out to your veterinarian for additional advice when it comes to traveling with your horse!

• Be aware that inadequate management of feed and water intake during travel could cause colic, gastric ulceration and heat stress. Food and water should be provided prior to transport, during regular rest breaks and upon arrival at destination.

• Ensure your horse’s immunizations are up to date against respiratory pathogens to protect your animal from these diseases.

• The horse should be rested before the journey, given rest stops during travel, and have time to recover on arrival at the destination.

• The vehicle should be well-ventilated to help prevent respiratory problems or overheating.

• Drive slowly and carefully (NO TEXTING, avoid driving when fatigued or eating while driving, etc.) to provide a comfortable journey for the animal and reduce the risk of injury and fatigue.

Happy trails!

This may explain some things…
01/07/2023

This may explain some things…

This condition is treatable with physical therapy, especially if caught in the earlier stages.  If your hands and finger...
25/06/2023

This condition is treatable with physical therapy, especially if caught in the earlier stages. If your hands and fingers are getting stiff, make an appointment and we can evaluate the options…

Dupuytren's contracture: “Coloured X-ray of the hand of an 80-year-old female patient with Dupuytren's contracture. This is a flexion (bending) deformity of the finger, where it has become fixed in a bent position.

This condition occurs when tissue in the palm of the hand thickens and shortens, preventing the tendons attached to the fingers from moving freely. The condition tends to slowly get worse over several months and years.

Surgery attempts to free the tendons to straighten any affected fingers, however, this does not always work.”

- Science Photo Library

Credit Dr P. Marazzi / Science Photo Library
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10/06/2023

The body is a structural wonder. The spinal column, bony yet flexible, encases the nervous system. Together, they provide coordination and support that allows all movement. In utero, the spine [...]

Two different scenarios…
28/05/2023

Two different scenarios…

Bell’s Palsy v Stroke: “Interpretation: If you have a patient come in complaining of new or acute onset of unilateral facial paralysis without any other sensory or motor deficits (i.e., no upper or lower extremity weakness) the next thing you need to do is determine which parts of the face are affected.

Have the patient attempt to raise both eyebrows as if surprised. Then have the patient smile. 😁

Bell’s Palsy Scenario: If they cannot raise their eyebrows 😉 and cannot move the lower portion of their face they have Bell's palsy and should be given steroids +/- antivirals.

Stroke Scenario: If the lower portion of the face is paralyzed but the eyebrows rise symmetrically, then you have to be concerned for a stroke and should get imaging and further consideration of treatment (depending on time of presentation and cause).”

- EBM Consult

Photo Credit: EBM Consult

Not all carbs are bad…
24/05/2023

Not all carbs are bad…

You've heard about the cyclical keto diet, but what exactly is it? Read on to find out, and get all the answers to your burning questions.

28/04/2023

Here’s what happens when you tear your “ACL”…

Pay attention to your food sources…
17/04/2023

Pay attention to your food sources…

Missouri House Bill 1169 would require labeling of products that can alter your genes, but Big Ag lobbyists are strongly opposing it. Learn why here.

08/04/2023

This book explains the truth regarding the effectiveness of supplements you may be taking. Spend a few dollars on this book and save at the health food store. You may be wasting money on supplements that are ineffective and sometimes dangerous.

This revised and expanded third edition of Judith DeCava’s comprehensive reference offers a deeply researched examination of natural versus synthetic nutrition. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the ugly truth behind synthetic supplements—which includes almost every “vitamin...

Contact me at 701-337-6488 or https://performanceposture.bemergroup.com/
01/03/2023

Contact me at 701-337-6488 or https://performanceposture.bemergroup.com/

Help your horse combat chronic pain & live their best life with these proven pain management strategies Daily riding, training, and competition can often lead to chronic pain in horses.  Unfortunately, wear and tear takes an unavoidable toll over time.  As fellow horse lovers, we know your horse.....

Contact me to learn more….https://performanceposture.bemergroup.com/
01/03/2023

Contact me to learn more….
https://performanceposture.bemergroup.com/

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’re taking a look at why equestrians and horses from all over the world love BEMER therapy! It doesn’t matter whether you’re a competitive barrel racer or a casual rider… If you’re a horse owner, your boy or girl means the world to you. You want the best f...

The shoulder has many structures attributing to it’s elegant function. Many different injuries can occur. The one thing ...
28/02/2023

The shoulder has many structures attributing to it’s elegant function. Many different injuries can occur. The one thing you can control is your posture. Forward head and shoulder posture puts chronic stress and strain on the structures and causes tissue imbalance and sets up for injury… STAND UP TALL💪🏼

The Biceps Pulley: Analysis by Physio Meets Science

“The biceps pulley or “sling” is a capsuloligamentous complex that acts to stabilize the long head of the biceps tendon in the bicipital groove.” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21571657/

“The pulley is an essential part of the rotator interval and consists of a sling formed in part by the superior glenohumeral ligament and coracohumeral ligaments, whose fibers blend together at the entrance of the bicipital groove, as well as the distal attachment of the subscapularis tendon.” (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32609587/) (Fig).

“The rotator cuff provides additional reinforcement to the pulley, with fiber bundles from the transverse band forming the roof of the rotator interval capsule along with the coracohumeral and superior glenohumeral ligaments.” (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26789600/)

“Supraspinatus fibers reinforce the posterior aspect of the pulley roof, and the floor of the system is derived from posterior subscapularis fibers.” (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32609587/).

“The superior glenohumeral ligament (SGHL) stabilizes against anterior shear forces proximal to the bicipital groove, and the pulley provides stabilization and maintains appropriate position of the long head of the biceps.” (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26789600/)

Illustration Credit: https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/full/10.1148/radiol.2015150364

27/02/2023

A client recently asked me if they should be using boots or polos on their horse. Many horse owners have the best intention in using boots or wraps to protect their horses legs from trauma during exercise and competitions. But many don’t realize that boots can essentially insulate the distal limb and prevent heat loss during exercise leading to increased temperatures that can reach damaging levels during maximal exertion.

A study from Middle Tennessee State University measured temperature increase during a specified exercise protocol with different types of leg protection. The study found that the reduced rate of heat dissipation a boot can cause can be detrimental to the superficial digital flexor tendon. They tested six different types of boots or wraps during exercise: a traditional neoprene boot, a perforated neoprene boot, a plant-based neoprene boot made of Stomatex, a cross-country boot, an elastic track bandage, and a fleece polo wrap.

The study found that the bare limb had the lowest temperature, all treatment temperatures were greater than the bare limb across all time points. The fleece polo wrap had the highest temperature and humidity. None of the treated limbs returned to baseline temperature and humidity after the 180-minute recovery period, and all treated limbs reached temperatures that negatively affect tendon cells. The study suggests that the use of boots and wraps during exercise impairs convection cooling, causing chronic microdamage to the tendon.

Riders must weigh the pros and cons, considering boot design, application and material permeability. No matter what boot you choose, the best way to protect your horse is to remove it immediately after exercises and stand your horse in an ice bath.
Ps. (Cold hosing and ice boots aren’t even half as effective. We can chat about that about that research in a future post ;))

L. Brock, H. Spooner, 28 A comparison among equine boots and legwraps on leg surface temperature during and after exercise,
Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, Volume 100. 2021

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