Stammer Kinetics: Dynamic Myofascial Stabilisation
Stammer Kinetics is a sports rehabilitation technique developed by German physiotherapist Stefan Stammer. It is based on the principles of Biomechanics, Manual Therapy and Rehabilitation to achieve optimal movement.
The functional motion circuits of the horse are the head-neck, neck-chest-forelimb and sacroiliac-hindlimb. The understanding of how these work together to create the desired movement is fundamental to therapy and unlocking full training and performance potential. The ability of the horse to arch the back upwards is required for proper engagement. If he cannot do this in the stable then there is no way he can possibly work in the correct outline and proper engagement with a rider on his back.
The attachment of the trunk between the shoulder blades and the lower neck plays an important role in the chiropractic treatment of the horse. Stammer Kinetics works on the muscles and fasciae with the goal of long term mobilisation of this region and the caudal motion circuit and diaphragm. The treatment centres around activating the small postural muscles that are essential for good function and stability for the spine. In very basic terms, it is like pilates- active exercises to improve the core strength.
Rehabilitation according to the Stammer Kinetic concept is based on the principle of Medical Training Therapy. The quality of the movement is improved through targeted therapeutic stimuli and supporting physical measures. Owners can be taught the movements to enable them to continue working on the horse in-between treatments.
Stammer Kinetics is useful for all horses, especially young horses who lack strength and stability of their spine. It is also really helpful for horses with tension in the lower neck region. Horses who lack muscular strength of the spine are often hypo mobile with sore dipped backs- this technique is brilliant for helping to improve the stability of these weaker areas in combination with chiropractic which helps get the stiff areas moving again.