Institute for Equine Therapeutic Options
Kerry Ridgway, DVM
It is Dr. Ridgway's mission at the Institute for Equine Therapeutic Options to enhance and maximize overall equine health and
performance through Integrative Medicine. Our goal is to provide ongoing education for equine health care professionals as well
as riders, trainers and all other people involved or interested in equine health related fields.
Our current emphasis is conventional medicine and whole horse health through the integration of:
- Neuromuscular & Myofascial Therapies
- Saddle Fitting
- Dental Health
We are aiming to provide awareness and education to all, by means of webinars, clinics, seminars, video clips and DVDs, educational articles, virtual online courses and a blog.
Fascia is a sensory organ
A very good article on Fascia written by Dr Hammer. This article was published in April 2014, in the newsletter American Chiropractic Association.
The Fascial System Is a Sensory Organ By Warren I. Hammer, DC
The knowledge that normal muscle function depends on the fascial system and between 30 and 40 percent of the force generated by muscle is due to its surrounding fascia can be compared in science to adding a new element to the periodic table of elements.
Science has dismissed the value of a connective tissue structure that encompasses our whole body both internally and externally. Carla Stecco, MD, elaborated this dismissal in her upcoming text entitled, Functional Atlas of the Human Fascial System (Elsevier 2015): “In anatomy text books, only ...
Fascia, fascia, fascia
As we read more research articles and bury our heads in fascia specific books, our fascination for all of its implications for whole body health just keeps expanding. You have to understand that all of this information is adapted from human medicine at this point. There are however some amazing equine anatomists whether in Australia or Europe doing equine fascia dissection and we are anxiously waiting for the published studies.
Traditionally, fascia has, for centuries, been essentially relegated to be just the “white packing stuff” around the muscles. However, over the past few years, the huge paradigm shift in how we look at fascia and what it means for movement and health, helps us better understand how dysfunction takes place. Currently, ...
Fascia: The Spider Web of Life
Can you see the relation between fascia and a spider web? Think about it. If you touch one part of the web, the whole fabricated net moves (just like a tensegrity model), providing instantaneous information for the spider to act or react. Fascia acts in the same manner. It is a whole body communication system where, if stimulated, transmits a signal to every part of the body.
Beyond Muscles and Bone!
With our most basic knowledge of biology, we learned the term “connective tissue” as a way to describe certain cell types. However, when applied to fascia, the term “connective” takes on a whole new meaning. Fascia is the connective tissue that links every tissue in the body. For example, it connects ...