Date: 05/06 October 2013
Contact: Don Thompson +44 (0) 1862 894 474 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Schleip PhD MA HP has been a Rolfing Instructor plus Feldenkrais Teacher since 1992 and still maintains a private practice as a manual therapist in Munich/Germany. However, in his quest for a deeper understanding of the mechanisms involved in manual therapy, he entered the academic research world in 2004. His subsequent laboratory PhD thesis received world wide attention and was honored with the ‘Active fascial contractility’ was honored with the ‘Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine’. Since 2006 he is director of the Fascia Research Group of Ulm University/Germany. In addition he is Research Director of the European Rolfing Association and author/editor of many publications in the field of fascia research. His enthusiasm for the hidden properties of the body wide fascial net and his own networking skills have been a driving factor for the successful setup of the 1st Fascia Research Congress (Harvard Medical School, Boston, 2007) as well as the two subsequent fascia congresses (Amsterdam 2009, Vancouver 2012).
While fasciae have been treated as the virtual ‘cinderella tissue of orthopedic research’ during recent decades, new methodological findings and hypotheses suggest that the bodywide fascial network may play a more important role in musculoskeletal medicine than is commonly assumed.
The latest findings from the international field of fascia research, as relevant for manual therapists, will be covered. These will include:
- The lumbar fasciae in lumbar stability and in idiopathic low back pain
- Fascia and exercise induced delayed onset muscle soreness
- Architectural differences in the fasciae of the trunk and that of the limbs
- Specific areas of increased sensory innervation in the human fascial web
- Fibroblast response to different patterns of mechanical loading
- Fluid shear strain as potent simulator for matrix remodelling
Hands-on applications for myofascial release work with patients will include:
- Accessing different layers of the lumbar fasciae
- Specific approaches for the nuchal and cervical fasciae
- Working with intramuscular septi and with periosteal fasciae
- Turkish honey melting and fluid shear techniques
- Accessing the autonomic nervous system via Ruffini receptors and free nerve endings
- Specific home work suggestions for patients to enhance a more tensegrity-like collagenous matrix remodelling
This workshop will consist of 60% theory and 40% practical.