Movement: Fascia and Function in Soft Tissue Therapy

The world of Soft Tissue Therapy has moved forward at a startling pace over the last decade with more and more people realising the virtue of its benefits.  With this appreciation of the modality comes a more educated and demanding client who wants more than just relaxation, they want tangible results.  Research and the techniques available are progressing at a rapid pace, meaning that we as therapists need to keep up to date with regard to these areas to ensure we are delivering effective treatments and real results for our clients. Continue reading Movement: Fascia and Function in Soft Tissue Therapy

How Long to Heal?’ Part III: ‘You’ Harnessing Your Intrinsic Ability to Heal

And so we come to the final installment, although in writing this I feel this should have been Part 1 given how critical it is to healing and that is how what you put in your body dictates not only the length of time needed to heal but the quality of the job itself.

What you put in to healing is what you get out! The Food Factor

As discussed over the last two blogs, your body has its work cut out in terms of removing damaged cells, laying down new healthy cells, fibres, collagen and to do this is needs the right base materials.  We all know the quality of the building is only as good as the quality of the materials used – your body is no different!  In order for your body to generate the right parts at a cellular level, it needs the right mix of vitamins, protein and hydration to do this.
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Freeing Fascia: The Massage Connection

‘Fascia’, if you haven’t heard of it, take note as it is the big thing in ‘Soft Tissue’ these days.  What is this stuff dubbed ‘The Cinderella’ tissue by Dr Schleip and how does it impact how we treat clients as massage therapists?  In its simplest terms it is a web of collaginous fibres that hold everything in the body together so we act as one strong and co-ordinated unit, a single organ.  Fascia connects skin, veins, organs, nerves, muscles and bones together so we can move and function by distributing the stresses and strains across our body.  On that basis, if it is restricted or damaged its impact on the body can be vast.If that is the case then why has Fascia been ignored for so long?

One view is that since it differs from person to person in texture & quality it has been difficult to describe.  In addition it cannot be split easily into segments that we can name like muscles and bones (Dr. Schleip) which again has made it harder to document and study.   The good news is that technology has now improved to a level where Fascia can now be studied in more detail so research is catching up on proving why this tissue is so important and how it impacts the body.

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Carl Watts – The Experiment

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I am very excited to have been asked to take part in The Experiment with Carl Watts.  This is a challenge to get Carl Watts a European Tour Card in 2014 after 13 years of retirement from professional competition.

Carl will be working with Andy Traynor PGA fellow from a coaching point of view and I will be working with both Andy and Carl to understand what is going in Carl’s body and how it is manifesting itself in his golf game.  We will then together devise a treatment and training plan to get Carls body into balance to give him greater distance and accuracy.

Over the next 12 months you can follow my findings here at PAMO Fit but you can also follow Carl’s personal experience on his blog.  Andy will also be detailing Carl’s journey from a coaches point of view.