Fascial edge tool
Fascia is the largest organ of the body, and is also known as the skin. The fascia of the horse is developed in the early stages of a mares pregnancy, and throughout life is a mixture of cells and nerves forming a complex design of webs, set out to protect and stimulate the body. It is often overlooked as an area that could have problems or tension, but fascia is an incredibly sensitive organ. Its constantly folding and reforming itself to be able to protect and provide.
So why is this tool useful?
Fascia is always under tension. Its the first part of the body that's emitted to strain. Its so incredibly strong that it can take up to 200lbs of pressure per square inch of horse.
Fascia is also a pain receptor, responding to such issues from a simple graze to an arterial bleed. Fascia is the first to stimulate a response to the nerve cells, then to receptors in the brain.
The release of tension in the fascia can result in relaxation, rehydration of the skin and muscles, changes to metabolism, tissue tone and nerve function along with reduction in pain and inflammation at the response time.
The long design has been created to mimic the movement and pressure of your ulnar of the forearm, and the rounded narrower end to stimulate such pressure as the thumb. This design allows Georgia to feel the kinetic pathways of the horse, and get a feeling of what is going on under the skin. This works well with a set routine of palpation, to get a true representation of tissue structure and formation to then find any friction or knots. The tool is a great concept which has also given Georgia the chance to explore the concept of tensegrity (where one part of the body overcompensates for other problems of the body) and why pain will often be found in the weakest part of the system.
The edge tool has been beneficial in sessions as an alternative method of palpation, especially to the areas of the horse that have proven to be tight. The tool is also useful when applying a better direct pressure.