The Spinal Sleeve: Exploring its Role in Horse Health and Performance

The spinal cord dura mater sleeve, or simply the spinal sleeve, refers to a unique structure of the equine fascial system that runs along the length of the horse’s spine.

The spinal sleeve is a tough, fibrous sheath that surrounds the spinal cord and its associated structures, such as the meninges and cerebrospinal fluid. It is an important part of the horse’s anatomy because it helps to protect the delicate spinal cord from injury and trauma.

The spinal sleeve is also connected to the surrounding fascial system via a series of fibrous bands and ligaments, which are sometimes referred to as the “spinal straw”. These bands and ligaments help to anchor the spinal sleeve in place, and they also play an important role in maintaining the horse’s posture and balance.

The spinal straw is a complex and intricate system that is still not fully understood by scientists and researchers. However, it is believed to be an important part of the horse’s fascial network, which is responsible for transmitting mechanical forces and supporting the horse’s body during movement.

The importance of the spinal straw in equine health and performance is becoming increasingly recognized by veterinarians, bodyworkers, and other equine professionals. Some practitioners believe that disruptions or imbalances in the spinal straw can contribute to a wide range of issues, including back pain, lameness, and poor performance.

As a result, there is growing interest in the use of manual therapies and other techniques to help support and balance the spinal straw, such as myofascial release, acupuncture, and chiropractic adjustments. However, further research is needed to fully understand the role of the spinal straw in equine health and well-being.

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