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Fascial NeuroBiology: An explanation for possible manual therapy treatment effects

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Published on: October 28, 2012

Below is a guest post from Chris Beardsley in response to a recent post of mine that questioned the possibility of any manual intervention (this includes foam rolling) influencing the physical properties of fascia.  It is also questioned how relevant is to pain and dysfunction.

Research Review: An analysis of Robert Scheip’s paper on Fascial Plasticity

By: Chris Beardsley

more from Chris at his website: http://www.strengthandconditioningresearch.com/ (more…)

Fascia Science: Stretching the power of manual therapy.

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Published on: October 26, 2012
Its not just fascia that is everywhere

Purpose:  Fascia is everywhere, provides a fantastic structural support for the body and has the ability to transmit force from force generating muscles.  But we as therapists tend to get ahead of ourselves and make statements about treatments and the body’s function that I am not sure make sense and haven’t made sense for the past decade that I’ve questioned it.

The fascial treatment fallacy. (more…)

Critique of Foam Rolling Research

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Published on: May 15, 2012

Audience: Anyone interested in Foam Rolling

I recently read a review of some new foam rolling research (and then read the original paper as well) that concluded that foam rolling resulted in increases in knee flexion range of motion without any decreases in other areas of muscular function that are often associated with stretching.  From quick review of the internets this is going to be quite popular.  I was a bit concerned that the conclusions were running far ahead of what the study actually proved so I thought I would provide a critique of the study. (more…)

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