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Myofascial Chains

2 Day CPD Course for Professional Equine Therapists

with Gillian Higgins

Next Date TBA

Wavendon Grange, Lawn Lane, Old Dalby, Leicestershire, LE14 3LW


Muscles of opposite action work together in groups of pairs and those groups work together in chains. These myofascial chains, which can be dissected, connect all parts of the body together. Understanding their connections helps to explain equine movement, function, compensation patterns and postural and movement alterations following injury.

In this course, we look at the anatomy and biomechanics of all the myofascial chains within the horse and how they connect together. Gillian explains the postural and movement alterations you can expect to see when there is weakness, tension or problems within each chain. She demonstrates observation and assessment techniques and how to test each chain.

As well as a variety of stretching and strengthening exercises that can be performed in hand, ridden or in the stable, Gillian will demonstrate myofascial release techniques to improve myofascial health and balance.

Course Trailer

This course is suitable for qualified therapists from all disciplines wishing to revise techniques or explore new ones to add to their toolbox.

It is a mix of theory, practical demonstrations and small group hands-on practical sessions. It also provides the opportunity to network, share information and discuss interesting or challenging cases with other practitioners in a relaxed and supportive environment.

This course is a brilliant follow on from the
Fascia Release Techniques Course
which runs on the Monday and Tuesday just before this course.

If you would like to read another therapists review of the day check out this blog article.

Key Points

During this course Gillian will examine the anatomy and connections of the myofascial chains including the:-

  • Spinal flexor / ventral chains

  • Spinal extensor / dorsal chains

  • Forelimb protraction chain

  • Forelimb retration chain

  • Abduction chains

  • Adduction chains

  • Lateral flexion chains

After studing the anatomy and connections for each chain we will consider techniques during the practical sessions which will include chain:-

  • palpation

  • assessment

  • tests

  • therapeutic techniques

  • stretching exercises

  • strengthening eexercises