Dr Vibeke S. Elbrønd, DVM, Ph.D, Ass. Prof., Int. Cert. Vet. Chir.
Dr. Elbrønd is an internationally certified veterinary chiropractor since 2008. Her research now focuses on functional anatomy, fasciae and functional interactions of the locomotion system of animals. In additional to professorial duties, she has a manual therapy practice for small animal and horses where she offers chiropraxy, muscle and fascia treatments, and laser therapy.
Dr Rikke Mark Schultz
Dr. Schultz graduated as DVM in 1992 from the Royal Danish Veterinary School in Copenhagen. She has worked as a general horse practitioner in Iceland for 5 years and later for nine years in Denmark. In 1997 she was internationally certified in Veterinary Acupuncture (IVAS) and in 2003 in Equine Osteopathy. Since then she has taken postgraduate courses and studies in canine and equine chiropractic and in osteopathic indirect techniques. Since 2006 she has run her own private practice (horses and dogs) with a focus on complementary medicine (acupuncture and osteopathy).
Alike the human research, the veterinary fascia research seems to enter into a new era. The first hand impression is that the veterinary fascia research seems sparse, but taking a closer look reveals that research has being going on for several decades. Focus has been assigned to studies of structure and function of the veterinary biomechanical models and thereby to defined anatomical regions. However, specific and detailed studies of, how to integrate them into a full body fascia model, are limited and apply for much more attention.
In the current research, the fascia system is regarded as a widely distributed and highly integrated body component. This strongly supports the “full body animal model approach”, which also include the interplay between the fascia and the nervous system. The book, “Anatomy Trains” of Tom Myers (Myers, 2009), presents how fascia connects different body structures and regions e.g head and toe, arms, trunk and legs. Tom Myers has dissected and isolated ten human myofascial chains, and in the book, he explains, how the lines can interact and interfere with the body balance/posture, biomechanics and locomotion. Recently seven full body equine kinetic myofascial lines were dissected, isolated and published (Elbrønd and Schultz, 2015). When understanding, how the structures in an isolated line interact, and how several lines integrate and interact with one and another, then the picture of structural and functional correlations and integrations of the equine locomotion system, in standing and in motion, is improved considerably. Additionally, the inclusion of structures from head to toe, expand and fulfill “the whole body model”. The equine kinetic myofascial lines provide us with explanations of the collaboration of the locomotion system, the body balance and compensations in normal and in abnormal/pathological conditions.