What is the function of hyoid apparatus?

Together with its attached muscles, the hyoid bone has two important functions: it holds up the tongue, which sits above it, and it holds up the larynx, which hangs below it. It also transmits the force of muscles that help to open the jaw. Let’s take a closer look at the hyoid bone.

What is hyoid horse?

Anatomy. The hyoid apparatus consists of a selection of small bones that articulate together. Its name means “shaped like the letter upsilon (Y)”, and it is situated at the base of the skull; between the cheeks of the horse. The hyoid apparatus connects to the skull via the temporohyoid joint.

Do horses have a hyoid bone?

In horses, the hyoid apparatus is made up of several paired bones: the stylohyoid, epohyoid, ceratohyoid, and thyrohyoid, attaching to the central basihyoid bone. Unlike humans, the hyoid in horses articulates with the petrous portion of the temporal bone via the stylohyoid bone.

What animals have a hyoid apparatus?

The bone has a very ancient origin, modified from gill arches of fish that lived over 375 million years ago, and has been inherited by amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. And in some of these lineages, different species have been adapted to use their hyoid for a very specialized function – to suck.

How do you release a hyoid?

The Hyoid can be released using manual therapy or with Phototonic Red Light therapy. I often use a combination of both. For some horses this release is a long lasting change and in others a few regular sessions are required before the restrictions are fully released.

What animals have a hyoid bone?

What is the role of the hyoid bone in swallowing?

The hyoid bone moves during swallowing as a result of suprahyoid muscle contraction. Hyoid movement is required for adequate opening of the upper esophageal sphincter (UES) and is readily measured from a videofluoroscopic dynamic swallow study. The timing and extent of hyoid elevation were included in the analysis.

What is the guttural pouch in a horse?

The guttural pouches are unique to a small number of animal species, including the horse. They are sacs of air that expand from the Eustachian tube, with one on each side of the horse’s head. They are positioned beneath the ear and each guttural pouch cavity in an adult horse can hold as much as a coffee mug.

Do other animals have a hyoid bone?

The hyoid bone helps to support the tongue and elevate the larynx when you talk or swallow. Other animals have versions of the hyoid, but only the human variety is in the right position to work in unison with the larynx and tongue and make us the chatterboxes of the animal world.

What makes up the hyoid apparatus in horses?

The hyoid apparatus gives biomechanical form and function to the larynx, pharynx and the tongue. Every muscle in the horses body eventually connects to the hyoid. The bones that make up the hyoid apparatus are the only bones in the body not to connect to another bone – they are held in place solely by ligaments. Components of the Hyoid Apparatus:

How are the hindlimbs connected to the hyoid apparatus?

The hyoid apparatus is a junction between the tongue, the poll and a series of muscles and fasciae that enable the hindlimbs to come forward and become engaged. Consider, for example, the sternohyoid and the sternothyroid muscles. They connect the horse’s tongue directly with the trunk via the sternum.

Which is the largest bone in the hyoid apparatus?

Temporohyoid osteoarthropathy (THO) is an uncommon condition affecting horses. The hyoid apparatus is made of several bones and articulations, and the stylohyoid bone is the largest, articulating proximally with the styloid process of the petrous portion of the temporal bone forming the tympanohyoid synchondrosis.

Which is an example of an hyoid muscle?

Examples of muscles attached to the hyoid apparatus: geniohyoideus – movement of the hyoid bone rostrally. genioglossus – contraction = protracts the tongue and pulls the basihyoid bone rostrally (towards the nose).