Month: September 2017

Yoga is as Effective as Physical Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain

A study published in a highly-respected journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, demonstrated that yoga was as good as physical therapy for chronic lower back pain management in a diverse, predominantly low-income population. Studies show that yoga is effective for treating low back pain, however it is not clear how it compares with standard treatments for

Can the Iliotibial Band (ITB) be stretched?

There seems to be a belief, propagated mainly through social media, that the iliotibial band (ITB) cannot be stretched and thus manual treatment on the ITB is futile. We have a lengthy discussion on this topic in Terra Rosa e-magazine #18. Now a new study published in the Feb 2017 issue of International Journal Sports

David Lesondak talks about “Fascia”

In his new bestseller about the body’s connective tissue, David Lesondak succeeds in making the obscure informative and entertaining. We spoke with David about his book. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I’m a structural integrator and multi-modality fascial specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Department of Integrative Medicine. I also

Massage elevates oxytocin level and increases sensitivity

Oxytocin, also known as the love hormone, plays an important role in social behaviour, appears to sustain social bonds and to increase cooperative behaviours. A study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology demonstrated that massage through a mechanical instrument can increase oxytocin levels. In addition, the elevated oxytocin level stimulates a more sensitive response. This study from the

Myofascial unwinding relieves neck-shoulder pain in breast cancer survivors

A study from Spain investigated the immediate effects of myofascial unwinding, with placebo electrotherapy as a control, on perceived pain, cervical/shoulder range of motion (ROM), and mood state in breast cancer survivors with shoulder/arm morbidity. The study recruited 21 breast cancer survivors who had a diagnosis of stage I–IIIA breast cancer and had completed adjuvant

Myofascial release caused “deformation” of thoracolumbar fascia

A study from National Taiwan University attempted to quantify the immediate effects of myofascial release on the mechanical properties of posterior thoracolumbar fascia in healthy men using ultrasound. They found a decrease in thoracolumbar fascia stiffness after application of myofascial release. Before jumping to any conclusion about “deformation” of fascia, we need to understand terminologies