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Hip Treatment Part 2

A demonstration for hip pain and massage therapy/movement treatments for runners or general public in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Geoffrey Bishop of Stay Tuned Therapeutics demonstrates.

For more information or book a session at Stay Tuned Therapeutics contact Geoffrey at 928-699-1999

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Thanks Whitney

Geoffrey-
I think you may have misinterpreted what I (and many others) are advocating. I don’t think anyone is suggesting that techniques shouldn’t be taught. Techniques are like tools. You can’t do good work without them. But just having a good tool does not make you a good craftsman. You have to know how and why you use it. The “how and why” are the critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills that others advocate.

The problem I see is that most educational programs emphasize only the tools (techniques) themselves as the answer to all clinical problems. Without the clinical reasoning process (knowing and understanding why you do what you do), your techniques will not be as effective as they could be.

It is like the craftsman who has a chisel, saw, and router. They are all great tools, but if you don’t understand when to use each one to their most appropriate use, you certainly won’t do the best work you could be doing.

This concept is an important aspect of what you and Erik teach in your assessment methods as well. Determining the nature of the client’s pathology is critical thinking and clinical reasoning. From that point you choose an appropriate treatment strategy. You then apply the appropriate techniques that are most likely to produce effective results. I would assume you don’t just start doing a random series of techniques you have learned for that region of the body.

My argument has been that we need to teach much more clinical reasoning to balance the content that leans toward to tools (techniques).

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Announcing #bw20

Body

Work

20 Questions.

Join Geoffrey Bishop and guests in these clear and concise twitter interviews (twitterview).  The hash tag is #bw20.

Many of the worlds leading professionals in the massage and bodywork profession are to be my guest, as well as athletes, docs, movement professionals and who knows who else.  The interviews will be categorized and transcripts will posted on this very blog.  Be sure to follow myself and the guest on twitter.com.

Questions will be posted by myself, guests will answer questions, share links to information they find useful, or not.  Videos, pdf files, blogs, etc.  In 140 characters.  Guests will be announced on twitter and here on this blog.  Beginning May 2010.  Stay Tuned……..

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Gil Hedley’s Deep Fascia and Muscle

Movie Night at Stay Tuned Therapeutics.

403 West Birch Ave, Flagstaff, AZ.

Date: March 31, 2010 Time: 4:30 pm.

Our next film will be one of my favorite anatomy films, from Gil Hedley; Deep Fascia and Muscle.  Please RSVP by e mail at staytunedaz@gmail.com if you are interested in the viewing and discussion.  Subject ‘movie night’.

See what you touch.
Rare visions of the human form explored through dissection.
Program running time: @1 hour, 50 min.

http://www.gilhedley.com

Vol.2 Description:

In this volume the whole body continuities of deep fascia and muscle are demonstrated in detail and dissected on camera to demonstrate their relationships to underlying and overlying structures. Following through with themes initiated in the first volume, visual presentations and discussions of the practical implications for professional practice of the layer by layer demonstration of human form are carried deeper into the body. The first volume creates the material and visual context for understanding the layers explored in this volume.

A comprehensive understanding of these deeper layers requires a thorough understanding of the more superficial ones. All are strongly encouraged to engage the material in Vol. 1 to achieve a full appreciation and understanding of Vol. 2. The material found on these disks is unique, cannot be found in books, and represents a leap beyond established regional perspectives.

Series Overview:

Each volume of this series presents the anatomy of human form, layer by layer, from an integral, whole body perspective. The DVDs in this series systematically document tissues and dissection perspectives missing from the established anatomical texts and videos. Skin, superficial fascia, deep fascia, muscle, visceral wrappings and viscera are dissected and demonsrated on camera as whole body layers in a series of truly unique and revealing sequences available nowhere else. In these DVDs, the viewer is brought directly into the laboratory as a first-hand eye-witness to the dissection and discovery process.

Because regional anatomy moves through the multiple layers of one region without ever exploring each layer across all regions simultaneously, the vision of the whole is lost, along with the advantages of comprehending the “big picture.” Integral anatomy, with its whole body, layer by layer approach, stresses anatomical continuities and relationships previously overlooked or underdescribed in regional presentations. Integral anatomy is complementary to the essential and important study of regional anatomy. Both are needed and valuable, like different lenses in a professional camera bag, each capable of demonstrating a different perspective.

The visual proof and profoundly practical implications of this new approach can now be applied by professionals across a broad range of modalities. This series leads the viewer well beyond the boundaries of medical school anatomy and texts. The series is a must-have for any medical, allied or alternative health professional or student who wants their patient evaluations and treatments to be based upon a truly comprehensive knowledge of the human body.

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Hamstring Adhesions

As noted by Erik Dalton, PhD., in his Volume IV Myoskeletal Alignment DVD set, a common dysfunction with the hamstring muscle group is ‘fascial bag adhesions’, rather than contracture, or chronic shortening in the hamstrings.

A few simple techniques can be administered by soft tissue therapists to help separate these fascial adhesions between bicep femoris, semimembranosus, and semitendinosus, additionally creating room for the sciatic nerve to slide around.  Your soft tissue therapist may ask for movement, by way of your muscular contraction, to enhance the central nervous system perception of the ‘new’ resting length in the tissue, as we now know, connective tissue is highly innervated.

Here are a few examples of Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques used at Stay Tuned Therapeutics to bring relief to tired, achy, bagged up hamstrings…

Shorten...Seperate. Internal & external rotation of fibula may be helpful.

By ‘shortening’ the tissue, we take tension out of the distal attachment of bicep femoris, allowing the therapist to sink to the restrictive barrier.  Recall gastrocnemius runs deep to hamstring attachments.

Broad palmar pressure may reduce protective muscle guarding.

As your therapist ‘pins’ into the tissue, external rotation of the femur helps separate the medial fibers of  semimembranosus and semitendinosus from bicep femoris.  The short head of the bicep femoris is often exquisitely tender and caution must be taken here.

Shorten...Pin...

Shortening the hamstrings group once again, providing movement re-educates the tissue.  As the therapist drops the leg down toward the table, they may introduce gliding strokes up the thigh, or maintain a solid pin hand to really lengthen and separate the fascial adhesions.  In some schools of thought, this may increase contactability of the tissue.  Imagine that, if it is not bound to its neighbor,muscle may have increased function?  But I have no proof, that’s just what I hear from clients.

Lengthen. Just feel 'good'.

This video features some of the hamstring techniques.  Not just for ‘runners’.

Stay Tuned…..

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What is Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques?

From Erik Dalton, PhD, founder of Freedom From Pain Institute, creator of Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques.

What makes MAT Special?

Well-documented theories explain how joints become fixated from myofascial stressors; yet relatively unknown in the massage therapy community is how joint dysfunction creates protective muscle spasm and dysfunctional strain patterns, such as forward head postures, slumped shoulders and scoliosis. This reflexogenic relationship between muscles and joints is the foundation of the Myoskeletal Alignment Technique and is considered not only uniquely different from traditional thinking, but possibly an important next step in addressing abnormal strain patterns caused by muscle/joint imbalances.

Massage therapists can now safely address all soft tissues, including ligaments, nerve dura, fasciae, discs and joint capsules, responsible for much of the pain previously blamed on muscles alone. Osteopathic methods, such as muscle energy, strain-counter strain and mechanical link, are also designed to relieve muscle/joint dysfunctions, but the MAT method complements today’s bodywork practices as it was specifically designed to fit a massage-therapy format.

One distinguishing goal that establishes the MAT method apart from other techniques is its dependence on identification and correction of joint fixations. This is accomplished by systematically releasing deep spinal muscles, ligaments and fibrotic joint capsules that torsion and compress spinal joints. In some cases, a bodyworker may apply direct pressure to bones to release fibrotic muscles that create joint blockages, but the intent is always soft-tissue work.

Posture’s Roll

Most manual therapists today agree that no therapeutic approach to neck/back pain is complete unless body posture is generally improved. Whatever the root of the client’s condition, special attention must be dedicated to posture-especially the correct positioning of the pelvis. Many therapists complain that postural assessments are often too complex, too time-consuming, too clumsy-in a typical massage setting with the client draped.

The MAT method lessens assessment anxiety with an efficient five-minute hands-on evaluation that quickly identifies gross body asymmetries, such as pelvic tilts, short legs, sacroiliac dysfunctions, scoliosis, facet restrictions and hip-capsule adhesions. MAT also incorporates Vladimir Janda, M.D.’s upper-and-lower crossed visual assessment method for easy recognition of muscle-imbalance patterns that cause neck and low-back pain. Combining these hands-on and visual assessment techniques allows the therapist to immediately tell which muscles are tight and pulling unevenly on the body’s bony framework, and which weak muscles are permitting the asymmetry. Janda’s muscle-imbalance research has gifted bodywork practitioners with a remarkably useful model for explaining how predictable muscle imbalances cause predictable faulty postural patterns, such as slumped shoulders, forward heads, swaybacks and dowager’s hump. (Hands on procedures using Janda’s formula are detailed in Part II of this series.)

Ultimately, for long-lasting relief of chronic neck/back pain, the MAT system works to achieve these goals:

balancing the head on the neck

balancing the neck on the shoulders

balancing the shoulder girdle on the rib cage

balancing the pelvis on the femurs

restoring pain-free movement

Recent studies have confirmed a noticeable reduction in noxious neural input entering the spinal cord and brain when the postural goals listed above are met. In 1979, biomechanical researcher J. Gordon Zink, D.O., coined the term “common compensatory patterns” to describe routinely found postural patterns in the neuromyofascial-skeletal system. His studies were the first to validate how structure and function play a dual role in posturally initiated pain syndromes. Eventually, he concluded that postural muscle stress leads to chronic, recurrent central nervous system irritation initiated by sensory receptors, such as mechanoreceptors, nociceptors and chemoreceptors.

Postural muscles are structurally designed to resist fatigue and function in the presence of prolonged gravitational exposure. If their capacity to resist stress is lost, the postural muscles become irritable, tight and shortened. Fortunately, as balance and function are re-established in distorted myofascial structures, hyperactivity in agitated joint and muscle receptors rapidly dissipates. Zink’s conclusion leads to the underpinnings of the client’s outcome: less sympathetic muscle spasm, less limbic system activation, less stress-and less pain.

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Baltimore 2008

Freedom From Pain Institute is conducting the final workshop of the year, and what a doozie!  We have 70 participants enrolled for the:

Myoskeletal Alignment Workshop for Neck, Sciatic and Shoulder Pain

Massage therapists learn innovative approaches for advanced neck, shoulder, and pelvic stabilization. Workshop on myoskeletal tissue techniques for massage clients suffering neck, shoulder, and low back pain.

70% Hands on Workshop: Human dissection videos and “lively” demos teach innovative ways to “Find and Fix” tendon, ligament, joint capsule, and nerve impingements. Erik will demo on class participants for the following

symptoms:

  • Neck “Cricks”
  • Facet- Rib Pain
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • SI Joint Pain
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Low Back Dysfunction

To register call Michael at 800-766-1942 or register at Takemyregistration

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