Lumbopelvic motor control: An integrated approach to clinical assessment and treatment of motor control dysfunction in low back and pelvic pain

Before the Fascia Research Summer School I attended a workshop with Paul Hodges. Paul is Professor and NHMRC Senior Principle Research Fellow in the Division of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland and Director of the NHMRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health. His own interests engage biomechanical and neurophysiological […]

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Fascia Research Summer School – Ulm, Germany 2-7 September 2012

Rather than attending the Fascia Research Congress in Vancouver earlier his year, I opted for the smaller and more intimate Fascia Research Summer School. The gathering was organised by the Fascia Research Group at the University of Ulm. The week consisted of lectures, anatomy sessions and small group workshops. In summary: Carla Stecco explored the […]

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Acute Repetitive lumbar syndrome: insight into a subtype of mechanical back pain

Insight into a subtype of mechanical back pain A recent article published in JBMT is the culmination of at least 12 years of research into the underlying mechanisms of acute repetitive lumbar syndrome. This article is of enormous clinical significance and will alter treatment and management of this type of injury. The basic interplay is simple:  repetitive […]

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asana is not yoga

The misunderstandings about what yoga is and the pursuit of Western ideas of the body inscribed within asana is a cause for concern and call for analysis and evaluation. The tendency amongst many students who practice asana to pursue deeper and more difficult forms is antithetic to yoga and often leads to injury. The most […]

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space – the place where physiology happens

In dysfunction and disease physiological space is altered. Pathological processes and tissue change associated with disease alter spatial relationships. Whether it is a muscle tear, degenerative joint disease, tendon inflammation and fibrosis – space is altered. Osteopathic treatment is often directed towards improving spatial relationships between and within tissues entangled by dysfunction or disease. Physiological […]

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What is in a name?

After 10 years of softtissue osteopathy & yoga we have renamed ourselves. The removal of the term ‘yoga’ is a considered response to its cultural degradation, unregulated dilution, commercialisation and mistaken identification with a collection of bodily shapes. Our name change reflects evolution in our clinical and practical approach. ‘Movement rehabilitation’ states our treatment intention […]

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western movement culture

Western movement consist mainly of sport and as such can generally be characterised as performative, linear, competitive, high-impact, repetitive and injurious. The fitness industry is generally dedicated to producing a particular image of wellness through the overdevelopment of imbalanced musculature. Our culture lacks the equivalent of tai chi or yoga that cultivate awareness, sensitivity, functional […]

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Reflecting on the fashion of fascia

The ‘neuromyofascial unit’ is an osteopathic idea that has informed our diagnostic and treatment approach for at least 70 years. In the last 20 years there has been an exponential increase in research and publication relating to fascia. This research has deepened our understanding of fascia and supported the emergence and legitimacy of therapeutic systems […]

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Adolescent growth pressures

I recently treated an adolescent patient who I had not seen for a couple of years. She came towards the practice noticeably taller and stooped. She appeared emotionally heavy, lacking the brightness and spark of the cheeky kid I had previously treated for sport related strains. On this occasion she had independently sought treatment for […]

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The illusion of repetition

Motor skills are acquired and refined through repetition. The mantra ‘practice makes perfect’ is one that practitioners in all disciplines will testify to. There appears to be some fashionable misgivings and purported alternatives to the necessity of repetition. I am sympathetic to this voice but disagree that repetition is a senseless process, devoid of a […]

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