Laurie's Blog


17 Dec 2017

Your muscles don't have rhythm! Or rather... when muscle timing is 'off'!

       Well, this part of the discussion interests me the most.  Mostly because I had the good fortune to get to listen to Dr. Paul Hodges (a motor control & timing / back pain guru from the University of Queensland) lecture on this subject more than once.   Here’s what I consider to be a good definition of motor timing:  A consistent pattern of anticipatory muscle activity associated with a specific movement task.  I can’t even g... More

10 Dec 2017

Maybe some Motor Control?

Here goes my attempt at explaining and simplifying the concept of MOTOR CONTROL.  As eluded to in earlier blogs, it’s not all about ‘core stability’, and the notion was put forth that perhaps dogs don’t need that in the same capacity as would a human.  BUT, that is not to say that they don’t need to strengthen muscles around the ‘middles’ and the ‘lumbopelvic region’ but rather we’re missing key elements if we just lump things... More

03 Dec 2017

Changing definitions... BALANCE TRAINING & what the research shows

Why not break down each of the different components that are being lumped into what is being generically called ‘Core Stability’?  Core stability primarily suggests the abdominals and ‘friends’ (epaxials, pelvic floor, lats), but it excludes the proximal stabilizers (hip and shoulder muscles) and distal stabilizers (those muscles that would control the feet, carpals, & tarsal joints).  Likely the best way to train all of the above is with Balance Training.&n... More

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