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What is Fascia?  What is Muscle Inhibition?   Watch the videos below and  learn the latest information and hear what the experts are saying about low back pain, the best treatment methods for pain, and what might be the best exercises for low back pain.

What Does Living Fascia Look Like?

Dr. Jean-Claude Guimberteau has changed the way we look at fascia with his unique videos under the skin.  He has said, "The world lying beneath the skin remains to be discovered... a world of colors, changing structures, a world constantly adapting, whose ultimate goal is to provide flexibility, allow movement and maintain equilibrium..."

The Fascial Distortion Model

The fascial distortion model (FDM) allows practitioners to interpret a patient’s pain complaints and provide directed manual treatment to correct the fascial distortions.  Physical Therapist Matt Booth and Osteopathic Physician Todd Capistrant describe this medication-sparing treatment modality and discuss some advantages for both patients and practitioners.

Research on Fascia

 Review of a research article about fascia.  "In our opinion, knowing and understanding this complex system of fascial layers is essential for the clinician and other health practitioners in finding the best treatment strategy for the patient.

Keywords: fascia, osteopathic, low back pain, neck pain."

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4173815/

Johns Hopkins on Fascia

Fascia is a thin casing of connective tissue that surrounds and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber and muscle in place. The tissue does more than provide internal structure; fascia has nerves that make it almost as sensitive as skin. When stressed, it tightens up.

Although fascia looks like one sheet of tissue, it’s actually made up of multiple layers with liquid in between called hyaluronan. (Johns Hopkins)

Muscle Inhibition: Aches, Pains, Injury.

At Muscle IQ Physical Therapy we always look for muscle weakness.  The weakness may not be caused by a lack of exercise but because of decrease in nerve communication, or muscle inhibition.  To have any hope of restoring normal strength the muscle inhibition must be addressed first. 

How Does Fascia Work?

At Muscle IQ Physical Therapy we treat every patient differently based on their unique presentation.  The more you know about fascia the more effective your treatments can be.  Fascia is like a sensory organ.  It gives you your inner body awareness.  Pain, stiffness, and weakness can all be produced by your fascia. 

How Strong is Fascia?

Fascia is strong.  It gives the body "Tensegrity".  New research is changing what know about the treatment of low back pain, and pain anywhere, and it involves the fascia.  Treatment of pain must include treatment of fascia. 

Fascia Research Congress 2018

Carla Stecco discovered a new type of cell called a fasciacyte, which is vital to the gliding of fascia in the body.  The treatment of pain conditions is now centering on the treatment of fascia.  It is found to be key in low back pain, frozen shoulder, heel pain, and neck pain. 

Afferent Input Muscle Testing

Muscle inhibition is a leading cause of muscle weakness in people suffering from pain.  Through muscle testing we can identify where the cause of pain originates.  We need to restore muscle strength to restore health.  Eliminate weakness and you eliminate pain and prolong life.  These are ideas we can discuss with your Pain Management Physician or your Orthopedic Surgeon before your next appointment. 

Fascia and Stretching

Dr. Helene Langevin explains the importance of connective tissue in the body and its link to the immune system. She talks about recent findings on the effects of stretching on inflammation and fibrosis and the relevance of these findings to chronic pain.

Fascia as Internal Sensor

Lecture presentation from Dr. Robert Schleip via live videostreaming within the conference on 'An Integrative Approach or medically Unexplainable Physical Symptoms (MUPS)' of the Dutch Osteopathic Association (NVU) on Sept. 17-18, 2016.

Robert Schleip has done a lot of scientific research to help us understand the role that our fascia tissues play in the health of our body.  In this video he explains why we now believe that fascia is a sensory organ that gives us our inner body awareness.

Muscle Testing - Pros and Cons

Simon King and Alan Jenks discuss muscle testing, good and bad and why all manual health professionals need to learn expert muscle testing.