Month: October 2017

Lumbodorsal fascia as a potential source of low back pain

In the past few years, the lumbodorsal (thoracolumbar) fascia has been proposed as one of possible sources of “idiopathic low back pain” (pain that is stated as having no known cause). Authors Jan Wilke, Robert Schleip, Werner Klinger, and Carla Stecco wrote a review in Biomed Research International investigating the possible role of the lumbodorsal

Expression of the endocannabinoid receptors in human fascial tissue

  Feeling high after a massage? Receptors for the body’s own cannabinoid substances (endocannabinoids) can be found in fascia according to a recent research study from the Stecco group at the University of Padova in Italy. Endocannabinoids, usually found in the nervous system, are the body’s own substances that have biological effects similar to those of

The Cross-Over Effect of Stretching

It is known that stretching can have a non-local effect of the body, a unilateral hamstring stretch can increase the flexibility of contralateral hamstring. Now, a new study examined if stretching of the shoulder would affect hip flexor range of motion, and vice versa. It is well known that stretching one side of hamstring can

Running Barefoot Helps Improve Working Memory

Working memory, our ability to recall and process information, is used throughout our lifespan. By improving it, we may be able to realize gains in key areas, from school to work to retirement. University of North Florida (UNF) researchers enlisted 72 participants between the ages of 18 and 44, who were asked to run at

Acute effects of lateral thigh foam rolling on arterial blood flow

A study on foam rolling now provides new evidence on its effects on the cellular and physiological level. The study by scientists from Germany assessed the effect of foam rolling on arterial blood flow of the lateral thigh. Twenty-one healthy participants (age 25 ± 2 years, height 177 ± 9 cm, body weight 74 ±

Myofascial Release or Myofascial Induction?

Leon Chaitow recently wrote an editorial in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies asking which would be the better term to describe the gentle soft tissue manipulation approach: Myofascial Release or Myofascial Induction. The technique of Myofascial Release (MFR) has its roots in osteopathy. Carol Manheim wrote that although many osteopaths had used and

Massage Alleviates Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness after Strenuous Exercise

  For evidence-based lovers, a new Systematic Review confirms that Massage Alleviates Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness after Strenuous Exercise. A  systematic review and meta-analysis was published in the Journal Frontiers in Pyshiology by researchers from China. The review evaluates the effects of massage on alleviating delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS) and muscle performance after

The Effect of Massage on Post Thoracic Surgery Adults

Critical care practice guidelines currently shows a lack of clear evidence on the effectiveness of massage for acute post-operative pain control. Thus, researchers from McGill University in Canada assessed the effect of massage on acute pain in critically and acutely ill adults post-thoracic surgery through a literature review. Eligible studies selected were randomized controlled trials

Scar massage for hypertrophic burns scarring

Scar massage is used in burn units globally to improve functional and cosmetic outcomes of hypertrophic scarring (a condition with deposits of excessive amounts of collagen which gives rise to a raised scar) following a burn, however, the scientific evidence to support this therapy is not well established. Researchers from Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital,