Month: April 2016

BioTensegrity: Anatomy of the 21st Century

BioTensegrity: Anatomy of the 21st Century By John Sharkey, Clinical Anatomist and Founder European Neuromuscular Therapy. & Joanne Avison Professional Structural Integrator and Advanced Yoga Teacher   Introduction Massage therapy is recognised as the manual manipulation of the soft tissues namely muscles, connective tissue (fascia), tendons, ligaments, and joints. With a clinically oriented bias massage

Manual testing for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

There are various manual tests that you can perform to confirm or test for median nerve compression on carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Whitley Lowe in an article published in Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies  suggested tests that increased its sensitivity for identifying median nerve compression. Here is a summary of some of the tests (after

Manual Therapy for Lower Back Pain: Evidence-Based and Clinical Outcomes

A research was recently published in  Journal of the American Medical Association  JAMA, October 2015 issue by researchers from University of Utah. The study titled ” Early Physical Therapy vs Usual Care in Patients With Recent-Onset Low Back Pain, A Randomized Clinical Trial” evaluated whether early physical therapy (spinal manipulation and exercise) is more effective

Kinematic Chain

Normal kinematics of the neck: The interplay between the cervical and thoracic spines By Sharon Tsang, Grace Szeto, Raymond Lee. Published in Manual Therapy 2013 Oct;18(5):431-7. The movement coordination between the cervical and thoracic spine was examined in 34 asymptomatic participants (24 female and 10 male). The authors used 3D motion sensors attached to the skin

Relieve Computer Neck & Shoulder Tension

Relieve Computer Neck & Shoulder Tension By Anita BOSER LMP, CHP, RYT Many of our clients experience headaches and neck and shoulder pain on a regular basis.  Sitting in front of a computer is often to blame.  When I used to work in an office, I discovered a combination of techniques that relieved the tension. 

The cause of the muscular shortening

The cause of the muscular shortening by Maurichio Ronchi The muscular fiber is composed from a sequence of parts which are contractive (elastic, represented as yellow ellipse) and the non-contractile parts (connective tissue). With a reference to the physical law of the deformation of the elastic bodies, it turns out that the contractive muscular fibers

Simulating myofascial manipulation

Simulating myofascial manipulation by Maurizio Ronchi Myofascial manipulation is thought to bring fibrous coonective tissues to a normal elasticity due to its viscoelastic property of the Ground Substance as well as breaks all cross-links tightness with adjacent tissues returning to the physiological movement to permit a freer joint ROM . Here I will show you

The core of the neck

Chronic neck pain The human neck is a complex system of muscle, bone, joints and connective tissue. Chronic neck pain is increasingly becoming common in the modern society. The incidence of neck problem is reported to be greater in modernised, western society with the prevalence in the adult population being reported to be between 6-22%1.

Simulating Fascia & Injury

Simulating Fascia & Injury by Maurizio Ronchi In this article, I will try to demonstrate using a simple analogy, how injury and deformation on fascia can affect our body. I used a Glad Wrap (polyethylene) sheet to simulate a fascial sheet, a myofascial expansion, perimysium or thin aponeurosis. I simulated an injury or insult to the fascial

Form Closure, Force Closure & Myofascial Slings

The sacroiliac (SI) joints are now well-known and become popular as the source of lower back pain. Form Closure and Force Closure, which comes from the orthopaedic and physiotherapy literature are now quite popular in bodywork. This article attempts to describe these terms and its relationship to SI joints stability and contribution to lower back