Born to Walk

Myofascial Efficiency and the Body in Movement

Author: James Earls

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583947698

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 216

View: 2099

The ability to walk upright on two legs is one of the major traits that define us as humans; yet, scientists still aren't sure why we evolved to walk as we do. In Born to Walk, author James Earls explores the mystery of our evolution by describing in depth the mechanisms that allow us to be efficient in bipedal gait. Viewing the whole body as an interconnected unit, Earls explains how we can regain a flowing efficiency within our gait--an efficiency which, he argues, is part of our natural design. This book is designed for movement therapy practitioners, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, and any bodyworker wishing to help clients by incorporating an understanding of gait and its mechanics. It will also appeal to anyone with an interest in evolution and movement. Drawing on recent research from paleoanthropology, sports science, and anatomy, Earls proposes a complete model of how the whole body cooperates in this three dimensional action. His work is based on Thomas Myers's Anatomy Trains model of human anatomy, a holistic view of the human body that emphasizes fascial and myofascial connections. Earls distills the complex action of walking into a simple sequence of "essential events" or actions that are necessary to engage the myofascia and utilize its full potential in the form of elastic energy. He explains the "stretch-shortening cycle"--the mechanism that is the basis for many normal human activities--and discusses how humans take advantage of isometric contractions, viscoelastic response, and elastic recoil to minimize calorie usage. This streamlined efficiency is what enabled our first ancestors to begin to migrate not only seasonally but also permanently to new lands, thereby expanding the natural resources available to us as a species.

Anatomy Trains E-Book

Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists

Author: Thomas W. Myers

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 0702055638

Category: Medical

Page: 344

View: 2466

The new edition of this hugely successful book continues to present a unique understanding of the role of fascia in healthy movement and postural distortion which is of vital importance to bodyworkers and movement therapists worldwide. Fully updated throughout and now with accompanying website (www.myersmyofascialmeridians.com), Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists will be ideal for all those professionals who have an interest in human movement: massage therapists, structural integration practitioners, craniosacral therapists, yoga teachers, osteopaths, manual therapists, physiotherapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, dance and movement teachers, chiropractors and acupuncturists. Provides a revolutionary approach to the study of human anatomy which has been shown to improve the outcomes of physical therapies traditionally used to manage pain and other musculoskeletal disorders Describes a theory which is applicable to all common types of movement, posture analysis and physical treatment modalities Layout designed to allow the reader to gather the concept quickly or gain a more detailed understanding of any given area according to need Design icons direct readers to their own specialist areas of interest, e.g. manual therapy, movement therapy, visual assessment, kinaesthetic education or supplementary video material Appendices discuss the relevance of the Anatomy Trains concept to the work of Dr Louis Schultz (Meridians of Latitude), Ada Rolf (Structural Integration) and the practice of Oriental Medicine Accompanying website (www.myersmyofascialmeridians.com) presents multi-media exploration of the concepts described in the book - film clips from Kinesis DVDs, computer graphic representations of the Anatomy Trains, supplementary dissection photographs and video clips, webinars, and some extra client photos for visual assessment practice Text updated in relation to the most up-to-date research originally published at the International Fascia Research Congress, Vancouver, 2012 Includes the latest evidence for the scientific basis of common clinical findings, including preliminary evidence from human fascial dissections Explores the role of fascia as our largest sensory organ Contains updates arising out of continual teaching and practice – for example, the role of the fascia and its interconnectivity in the generation of pain and/or force transmission New chapter discusses the role of Anatomy Trains theory in the analysis of gait Video clips on an associated website (www.myersmyofascialmeridians.com) present examples of the concepts explored in the book Podcasts on the website explore the therapeutic techniques involved Website addresses and references fully updated throughout

Freeing Emotions and Energy Through Myofascial Release

Author: Noah Karrasch

Publisher: Singing Dragon

ISBN: 1848190859

Category: Medical

Page: 224

View: 6980

Written for bodywork and manual therapy practitioners from a wide variety of disciplines, as well as other healers who want to expand their skills, this generously illustrated book explains how and where emotions and static energy are held in the body, and how they can be released and rebalanced in therapies that challenge bodymindcore awareness

The Myofascial Release Manual

Author: Carol J. Manheim

Publisher: SLACK Incorporated

ISBN: 9781556428357

Category: Medical

Page: 285

View: 673

The Myofascial Release Manual is now available in a new, thoroughly updated, and refined third edition. This improved and expanded book places a greater emphasis on hand placements that is reinforced with over 350 photographs. Three renowned experts in their own field, Sam Keggereis, PT, ATC, Steven Nowicki, PhD, and Robert Ward, D.O, have all contributed to this third edition, offering their unique insight and clarity into the technique of Myofascial Release.This timely book has a user-friendly format that concentrates on the specific ""how-to's"" of the myofascial techniques, as well as offering an explanation of the theory and experience of the method of Myofascial Release. The book begins by presenting the basic learning steps of the techniques, then takes the reader into the advanced techniques and evaluations. Additional resources such as posture evaluation forms and references are included at the end of the book, to augment the value of this superior learning tool.""The Myofascial Release Manual, Third Edition"" is an essential manual that includes answers to commonly asked questions and does an excellent job of illustrating hand placement for many of the muscles in the body. Carol J. Manheim, MS, MEd, PT, LPC, renowned in the area of Myofascial Release, has developed this new edition to be modeled after her own extensive background, teaching experiences, and lectures.It is perfect for the experienced clinician interested in expanding his/her knowledge of this powerful soft tissue mobilization technique, or for the student who wants to become familiar with this valuable skill for manual therapy.

Direct Release Myofascial Technique

An Illustrated Guide for Practitioners

Author: Michael Stanborough

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780443073908

Category: Medical

Page: 185

View: 8763

Direct Release Myofascial Technique provides a highly illustrated guide to direct release myofascial techniques (MFR) and their application in clinical practice. MFR is a manual therapy method that influences both a body's structural tissues and the sensory/motor systems. Originally developed by Dr Ida Rolf, the creator of the Rolfing® method, the approach has since been adapted and modified by different groups of therapists to fit within their own particular philosophies. This book strips away the surrounding theories and philosophies and focuses on the safe and appropriate use of the techniques themselves. Numerous photographs supplement the detailed, step-by-step coverage of techniques. Outlines the principles and practice of a group of bodywork techniques that are particularly effective for the treatment of painful or restricted movement due to muscle stiffness or imbalance Provides guidelines on the most effective and efficient use of the techniques based on movement theory Highly illustrated with detailed photographs and line drawings Presents a hypothetical model to explain why the technique works based on the latest research in the field of neuro-fascial physiology Includes approaches to the use of the techniques with children Written by an experienced practitioner and teacher Draws on the teachings of Ida Rolf but makes them applicable to other groups of therapists

Myofascial Release

Author: Duncan, Ruth

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 1450444571

Category: Medical

Page: 232

View: 9641

Myofascial Release provides comprehensive training for hands-on therapists of all disciplines and at all levels to expand their practice. From technique descriptions and their applications to client interactions and the preservation of practitioner strength and functionality, this guide teaches therapists every crucial aspect of employing myofascial release to its fullest benefit.

Anatomy Trains Posters

Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists

Author: Thomas W. Myers

Publisher: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 9780443102936

Category: Medical

Page: 8

View: 5989

These 8 posters illustrate the bones, muscles and joints described in the book The Anatomy Trains on the basis of "train" lines, tracks and stations. Each poster focuses on one "train" line and features full-colour illustrations, line drawings to clarify and tables summarising the tracks and stations for each line. 8 colour posters Clarifies and reinforces the teaching approach of the Anatomy Trains book Larger illustration size allows for them to be used as teaching aids in classroom or clinic Useful also for student revision Presentation in a tube for easy mailing, transport

Fascia in Sport and Movement

Author: Robert Schleip

Publisher: Handspring Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781909141070

Category: Medical

Page: 280

View: 8241

The book covers most current research and theory to underpin practice. It rrovides relevant clinical applications for sport and movement, and gives the manual therapist information on how different activities influence the body and the kind of injuries that might occur. The book upgrades the knowledge of the sport professional, yoga teacher and Pilates trainer with the necessary background to understand the injuries that might present and how to assess and refer.

The New Anatomy of Rider Connection

Structural Balance for Rider and Horse

Author: Mary Wanless

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781570768255

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 224

View: 4381

Modern rider biomechanics begins by explaining fascia--the "Cinderella" of body tissues. Until recently, fascia was ignored by science, consigned to its apparent role as the body's "packing material." However, research now shows that, in reality, this biological fabric is what links muscles into functional chains. In this eye-opening book, rider biomechanics pioneer Mary Wanless explores the characteristics of the body's fascia and why understanding how it works not only improves a rider's balance and coordination, but also enhances "feel," since fascia contains many more sensory nerves than muscles. These register the forces that pull on an area, and thus a "fascial net" under tension creates a wellspring of strength and sensation. By learning to access and rebalance your own fascial net, your stability, skill, and feel will be significantly improved, helping you become a quieter, more effective rider.--

Myofascial Release Therapy

A Visual Guide to Clinical Applications

Author: Michael J. Shea,Holly Pinto

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1583948457

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 366

View: 3229

"Michael Shea, one of the foremost experts on myofascial release, presents straightforward, practical instructions for dramatically releasing pain and restriction of motion in the body's fascia, muscles, and connective tissue. He introduces a soft tissue, hands-on approach for massage therapists, physical therapists, and other healthcare practitioners that reduces tension and stress in their clients' entire myofascial systems, as well as their musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems. Therapists with little or no background in myofascial release and deep tissue reorganization can follow this book's easy guidelines in order to facilitate substantial orthopedic changes and pain reduction in their clients. Illustrated with 70 black and white photos, Myofascial Release Therapy includes an at-a-glance section that provides a step-by-step procedure for quick reference. Each photo is supplemented with instructions, as well as with arrows for easy reference in the clinic. This book provides the first integration of the verbal, visceral, and palpation skills of the therapist. It also includes work on the viscera as a way of integrating soft tissue work through the abdomen and pelvis. While manuals on the bones, muscles, and viscera have previously been divided into separate volumes, this book combines them into one. The author offers specific tools and protocols for helping patients "destructure" past somatic experience and reform it into something healthier. He illuminates the interconnectedness between bodies and their relationships to the outside world, including how sensations, feelings, and emotions are organized in the body and how they are coupled to meaning and memory. The result of many years of experience and knowledge, this book provides compelling evidence that myofascial release therapy encourages more rapid healing response of injured tissue"--Provided by publisher.

The Vital Psoas Muscle

Connecting Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being

Author: Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583944583

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 128

View: 3866

"Full-color alternative approach to understanding and balancing the most important skeletal muscle in the body, aimed at the layperson as well as the professional body practitioner concerned with core strengthening and psoas-related back, hip, knee, and pelvic tension issues"--Provided by publisher.

Fascial Stretch Therapy

Author: Ann Frederick,Chris Frederick

Publisher: Handspring Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781909141087

Category: Medical

Page: 200

View: 7433

Fascial Stretch Therapy describes and explains a unique system of manual therapy, which has proved to be highlyl successful in the treatment of common neuromyofascial imbalances, disorders and dysfunctions. First developed by the authors in the early 1990s, the method is now recognized for restoring and maintaining healthy neurological, musculoskeletal and fascial systems.

Fascia

What It Is and Why It Matters

Author: David Lesondak

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781909141551

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 6615


Your Body's Brilliant Design

A Revolutionary Approach to Relieving Chronic Pain

Author: Karen Gabler

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1510716424

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 200

View: 3864

Want to know the key to eliminating chronic pain from your life? It’s not more rigorous exercise, medical interventions, or expensive therapies. It turns out you have had the key all along—your body and its natural brilliant design! For years we have been overlooking a crucial element of the body—fascia—that holds the key to allowing you to live pain-free. Many of us think of the human body as a static, mechanical system of muscles attached to a skeleton. What is missing from this picture is the tissue that unites all the parts: the fascia, a seamless web of dynamic connective tissue that surrounds all muscles, bones, organs, and even cells. When one part of the fluid fascial web moves, the rest of the body responds. When we learn how to connect to this system through subtle movements, we open up a world of understanding of how our bodies are designed to work with us, not against us, to support an easy and pain-free life. This book will teach you how to feel and embody this new anatomy by connecting to your dynamic center of gravity, or the Core Hug, and to a vertical line of muscles and fascia that runs deep through the body: the Vertical Core. When you connect to the Core Hug and the deep Vertical Core using movement, your body is able to suspend itself and sustain that suspension over time. Your body is already brilliantly designed to support you. The architecture is within you. The key is to access that brilliant design and work with it. Through stunning imagery and simple movement techniques, this book teaches you how to use the natural architecture of your body (bones, fascia, and movement) to align, balance, and support you so that you can move with ease and live without pain.

Fascial Fitness

How to Be Vital, Elastic and Dynamic in Everyday Life and Sport

Author: Robert Schleip,Johanna Bayer

Publisher: Lotus Pub.

ISBN: 9781905367719

Category:

Page: 224

View: 1628

Anyone who wants an active, mobile and painless everyday life should be aware of the importance of their connective tissue! Understanding of connective tissue has greatly increased in recent years in physiotherapy, sports science and medicine. Muscular connective tissue - known as fascia - plays an important role in health, well-being and mobility, as it transmits the power of the muscles, communicates with the nervous system and serves as a sense organ. Fascia ensures the protection of the internal organs and forms the basis for a beautiful body shape. Connective tissue can work in the same way as your other muscles, responding to stress and nerve signals and, if it gets tangled or glued together, causing pain and problems with movement. Fascia should therefore be specifically exercised - but 10 minutes twice a week is all you need. In this book, leading German fascia researcher and Rolfing practitioner Robert Schleip describes how recent research findings can be translated into a practical exercise program for everyday use.

Equine Structural Integration

Illustrated Myofascial Release Manual

Author: James V. Pascucci,Nicholas David Pascucci,Carol J. Walker

Publisher: Sane Systems

ISBN: 9780979053504

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 197

View: 5722

Equine Structural Integration: Myofascial Release Manual This book is a valuable guide to Equine Myofascial Release (MFR) for the horse owner or therapist as well as an essential reference for the professional practitioner. This book provides the essential overview and introduction to the techniqyes required to understand Equine Structural Integration. Equine Structural Integration: Myofascial Release Manual presents a logical series of techniques for bringing more structural order to the horses in your care. Equine Structural Integration: Myofascial Release Manual is rich in illustrations of Equine Myofascial Release Techniques for the: Head, Forelimb, Shoulders, Rear, working with scars, joints and myofascial stretching. The book is laid out in a very user friendly manner. The Equine Myofascial Release technique illustrations/photos and their description are kept together so you can easily follow the text while working with your horse. If you are working with a client's horse you can use the book as an added educational tool to help your clients better understand your work. This book is a needed educational tool for practitioners who provide Myofascial Therapy to horses. Equine Structural Integration: Myofascial Release Manual, takes you on a journey through the fascia from the cell to skin, from physiology to movement evaluation and Myofascial Release Techniques for the entire horse.

Functional Atlas of the Human Fascial System

Author: Carla Stecco

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 0702058521

Category: Medical

Page: 256

View: 9884

Principally based on dissections of hundreds of un-embalmed human cadavers over the past decade, Functional Atlas of the Human Fascial System presents a new vision of the human fascial system using anatomical and histological photographs along with microscopic analysis and biomechanical evaluation. Prof. Carla Stecco – orthopaedic surgeon and professor of anatomy and sport activities – brings together the research of a multi-specialist team of researchers and clinicians consisting of anatomists, biomechanical engineers, physiotherapists, osteopaths and plastic surgeons. In this Atlas Prof. Stecco presents for the first time a global view of fasciae and the actual connections that describe the myofascial kinetic chains. These descriptions help to explain how fascia plays a part in myofascial dysfunction and disease as well as how it may alter muscle function and disturb proprioceptive input. Prof. Stecco also highlights the continuity of the fascial planes, explaining the function of the fasciae and their connection between muscles, nerves and blood vessels. This understanding will help guide the practitioner in selecting the proper technique for a specific fascial problem with a view to enhancing manual therapy methods. Functional Atlas of the Human Fascial System opens with the first chapter classifying connective tissue and explaining its composition in terms of percentages of fibres, cells and extracellular matrix. The second chapter goes on to describe the general characteristics of the superficial fascia from a macroscopic and microscopic point of view; while the third analyzes the deep fascia in the same manner. The subsequent five chapters describe the fasciae from a topographical perspective. In this part of the Atlas, common anatomical terminology is used throughout to refer to the various fasciae but it also stresses the continuity of fasciae between the different bodily regions. Over 300 unique photographs which show fascia on fresh (not embalmed) cadavers Demonstrates the composition, form and function of the fascial system Highlights the role of the deep fascia for proprioception and peripheral motor coordination Companion website – www.atlasfascial.com – with videos showing how fascia connects with ligaments

The Concise Book of the Moving Body

Author: Chris Jarmey,Thomas W. Myers (LMT.)

Publisher: Lotus Pub.

ISBN: 9781905367016

Category: Human locomotion

Page: 192

View: 3847

A condensed version of the author' s "The Atlas of Musculo-skeletal Anatomy," this book is aimed at students and the general reader. The first seven chapters explain anatomical orientation, tissues, bone, the axial and appendicular skeletons, joints, and skeletal muscle and fascia. In the book's final chapters, the muscle groups of the body' s four major regions are amply illustrated, with composite drawings detailing each region' s deep and superficial muscles in both anterior and posterior views. Color tables show each muscle' s origin, insertion, innervation, and action.