Prop injection calves

Our Hereford cattle are from a herd in Mexico that has had no outside genetics brought in for 43 years.  They have the "old-style" body type (short and wide); exactly the body style needed in a grass-based system. (They are very similiar to the type of Herefords that were prominent in the 1950s.) Their genetic traits have been selected over the years for hardiness and an ability to thrive on grass, and not much of it.  The ranch in Mexico, Valle Columbia, where they were born is high desert country and has very little grass yet the cows there are all very healthy and fat. They are used to working for their food and walking for miles to get to water. When we brought our heifers  & bulls from there to Arkansas, they showed almost no signs of adaptation problems.  What little weight loss they had during transport was quickly regained and more. They came from a "range" type system to our much more "hands-on" management style, but have adapted well to that also.  

Considering the symptoms your friend is experiencing, it is obvious that there is something ‘wrong’. The break may have healed but has obviously caused further damage in the area. Alternatively, the break may have not healed properly although it is not detected in the x-ray. I would advise that you seek a second opinion and consult with an orthopedic surgeon as your friend requires specialist treatment and further investigation. Attempting to cope with this problem in the way he has done thus far can further complicate the condition and eventually reach a stage where the problem cannot be treated.

I have just read your item on Bulging Discs. You have put my mind at ease. I am 66yrs and have had this terrible problem now for about 4/5 months. I have been having Western Accupuncture for the past 5 weeks and I don’t think it is any better. The needling was so painful. Sometimes I have no pain until I stand then I get the pins and needles and bad pain in my right leg and shin and not as bad but some in my left shin. I have sat a lot in the past, more so since I lost my husband 4 years ago and I semi retired. I will re- read your article and follow your suggestions to try ease my pain. I have been going twice a week to physio and I cannot afford this at $69 a session. Thank you again, I feel so much better knowing that this is not a permanent thing, although it has felt like it. Have a great day – Sharyn

How to do it – Begin this stretch by lying on your back on the floor with your arms positioned at your sides, both knees bent and your feet flat. In the starting position the bottom of your feet, buttocks, upper back, shoulders and the back of your head should be in contact with the floor. Keep a gap between the floor and your lower back (if you can slide your hand between the floor and your back you’re in a great position, if not, re-position your pelvis so that you begin with a small gap). So now let’s do it. The first part starts with inhaling while keeping the natural gap in the lower back. Now exhale, and as you exhale, you want to push your belly button towards your the floor (decreasing the gap under your lower back) as you tilt the bottom of your pelvis upwards. During the pelvic tilt, your buttocks should remain in contact with the floor. Aim for 10 repetitions of this stretch.

Prop injection calves

prop injection calves

How to do it – Begin this stretch by lying on your back on the floor with your arms positioned at your sides, both knees bent and your feet flat. In the starting position the bottom of your feet, buttocks, upper back, shoulders and the back of your head should be in contact with the floor. Keep a gap between the floor and your lower back (if you can slide your hand between the floor and your back you’re in a great position, if not, re-position your pelvis so that you begin with a small gap). So now let’s do it. The first part starts with inhaling while keeping the natural gap in the lower back. Now exhale, and as you exhale, you want to push your belly button towards your the floor (decreasing the gap under your lower back) as you tilt the bottom of your pelvis upwards. During the pelvic tilt, your buttocks should remain in contact with the floor. Aim for 10 repetitions of this stretch.

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