Why should you care about posture with Karen Gellman & Katharina Ros

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Karen Gellman
Dr. Gellman teaches internationally about sports medicine, biomechanics, Postural
Rehabilitation, and therapeutic options to veterinarians and other animal therapists. She
gives lectures and demonstrations on these topics to riders, horse and human
therapists. Current projects include the relation of equine dental malocclusions to
alterations in weight-bearing patterns during stance, structure and function of the muscles
of mastication, and postural implications in the initiation of osteoporosis.

Katharina Ros
Dr. Ros teaches internationally about stomatognatic system, ECVM and craniomandibular
dysfunction in horses to veterinarians and other animal therapists. She gives lectures and
demonstrations on these topics to riders, horse and human therapists.

Here are the fundamental principals of Postural Rehabilitation:
The body is a complex system, guided by interactions between its component parts.
One critical emergent property of the complex musculoskeletal system is posture,
which integrates all the parts, and is a prerequisite for locomotion.
Posture is generated by an interaction between gravity, passive structural elements
and the muscular reflexes of the nervous system’s postural control centers. The
postural control center is informed by nerve receptors from various parts of the
Domestic animals are prone to structural changes in the body regions that are heavily
innervated to give postural information to the brain: the feet, the teeth and the
upper neck. These changes alter the quality of their interaction with gravity and lead
them to adopt compensatory postures, which cause pain, dysfunction and injury.
If you restore correct postural inputs, neutral posture will result, allowing the animal
to heal, from injury. Most musculoskeletal problems veterinarians treat in horses
have their roots in chronic abnormal posture.

Friday, 28.4.2023
1:30 Registration & coffee/Tea
2:00 Living with Gravity: Posture and Complexity
3:30 Break
4:00 Living with Gravity: Why Do Domestic Animals Have Postural Problems?
5:00 Normal Neutral Posture and Abnormal Compensatory Posture
5:45 Short break to stretch
6:00 Biomechanics of Spinal Support (finish by 6:30 PM)
8:30 Muscle-tendon biomechanics, mobilizers and stabilizers of the equine cervical region
9:30 Current Thinking in Postural Control
10:30 Break
11:00 Postural Influences of the Upper Cervical Region
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Postural Influences of the Stomatognathic System
3:00 Postural Evaluation in Horses— live lab
4:30 What could go wrong? Have you heard of ECVM? (definitions, pathology,
imaging) (finish 6:30)
Sunday, 30.4.2023
8:30 MHPR study on posture & occlusion, tying in nuchal ligament study for C-T junction
9:30 Occlusal management for ECVM horses— demo
10:30 Break
11:00 Management adaptations for ECVM horses, how to x-ray / scan for missing ribs (finish
by 13:30 +/-)

Additional Details

Cost - 850€ Vat and lunch & snacks incl.

IVCA CPD Approval - 16 hours of specific animal chiropractic CPD

Speakers - Katharina Ros & Karen Gellman

Contact details of the course provider - Dr. Maj-Britt Cielewicz 0162/6161212, equine-chiro@web.de

Course Language - English

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2023-04-28 to

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