Equine Fascial Manipulation® – What is it and how can it help my horse?

What is Equine Fascial Manipulation® ?

Fascial Manipulation© is a manual therapeutic method, developed by Luigi Stecco, an Italian physiotherapist, over the last 40 years. Focusing on fascia, in particular the deep muscular fascia, it considers the myofascial system as a three-dimensional network that continues all over the body.

This method presents a complete biomechanical model that holds the key for understanding the role of fascia in musculoskeletal disorders.

The principal of the method lies in the identification and localization of areas of fascia restriction, connected with limited movements. Once a limited or painful movement is identified, then a specific point on the fascia is implicated and through the appropriate manipulation of this precise part of the fascia, movement can be restored.

Why taking care of the fascial system is so important?

Given its innervation and its multilayer structure, deep fascia is an ideal structure for perceiving and, therefore assisting in organizing movements. Whenever a body part moves in any given direction in space, there occurs a tensional re-arrangement within the corresponding connective tissue. Nerve endings embedded within the fascia are stimulated, producing accurate directional or spatial information.

Any restrictions in the gliding of the fascia could alter afferent input resulting in incoherent movement. It is hypothesized that fascia is involved in proprioception and peripheral motor control in strict collaboration with the Central Nervous System.

Is the method painful for the horse?

Fascial Manipulation® is perceived as a painful method by many people under the treatment (This method was originally designed for humans). However, horses seem to accept the pressure used by a therapist very well. Manipulation is strong and precise, but it brings a quick relief to the animal, who have had compensations accumulated sometimes for weeks, months or even years. Therefore the method is very efficient in restoring normal movement pattern and eliminating postural problems related to fascia restriction.

Is the method scientifically proven?

Fascial Manipulation®  is based on long-term scientific studies on human and animal cadavers. Methods such as fascia dissections, ultrasonography, elastography as well as histological observations of the fascia shed a new light on the role of connective tissue in the body. We now start to understand, how important this tissue is in management of pain, maintenance of proper posture and balance, as well as in proper, healthy training and maintenance of body homeostasis.

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