Links to interesting information

Links to interesting stuff

An introduction to Bio-Tensegrity. This link will take you to an interesting blog written by a NASA research scientist. Reading all the links in the blog will provide you with an improved understanding of how our bodies move, and why muscular imbalances actually cause chronic pain conditions. The blog, and my experience, both indicate that intentional exercise is the optimum path to living pain free. If you are currently in pain, body work will help loosen already formed intramuscular adhesions. The difference between general massage, and intentional Orthopedic Bodywork needs to be experienced in order to be fully appreciated. Refer to the “find a provider” link below to start your search for competent orthopedic body workers.

The “Fuzz” video by Dr. Gill Hedley This short video explains myo-fascia adheasions. I find it both extremely interesting and informative. It can, however, leave the impression that the “fuzz” does not belong there. It does. What follows is a quote from Dr. Gill Hedley found at: ”  Fuzz update July 29, 2012 at 2:51am

The Fuzz Speech is an oft viewed rant which I put up on YouTube a couple of years ago. Folks seem to love it, it inspires clients to move. Everything I say in it with respect to visceral adhesions is basically correct. What is not correct in The Fuzz Speech is the impression that it gives that “the fuzz” does not belong there. The fuzz does belong there. It is what I now refer to as “filmy fascia” in traction. When I am dissecting, I lift filmy fascia, and it looks like cotton candy because its inner structure is that of a loose, omnidirectional fiber array. Filmy fascia is loose, aereolar connective tissue with relatively minimal adipocyte proliferation which intervenes at specifically predictable places between superficial and deep fascia, between deep fascia and muscle, and between specific compartmentalizations within the muscle layer. In the Fuzz Speech one might carry away the impression that movement or bodywork “erradicates” the fuzz. In fact movement and bodywork hydrates, and improves the distensibility of fuzz, and probably also, when this is accomplished, diminishes excessive bonding within the filmy fasciae. But it does not “make it go away,” because it not only belongs there, it is exactly why we are able to move at all. Without the fuzz, our tissues would be just a frozen agglommeration. The distensibility of the filmy fascia gives our tissue a range of motion, not infinite, but fixed. So between skin and superficial fascia there is no “filmy fascial interface,” so there is no relative motion between those two layers. Where there is filmy fascia, there is the potential for relative motion between the layers. In the viscera the serous membranes are sliding surfaces. If “fuzz” grows between those surfaces I can identify this as pathology immediately. If there is “too much” fuzz between layers where some already belongs, it is very difficult for me to say so just looking at it in the lab. That, folks, is the short of it, upon which I elaborate in the marginal notes of the Fuzz Speech, in my article on Visceral Adhesions as Fascial Pathology in Leon Chaitow’s JBMT, in my chapter in Eric Dalton’s wonderful Dynamic Body compilation, and in all of my classes. If anyone would like to learn in more detail my thoughts on these matters, I hope you will enjoy those further readings!!

Find a Provider”: In my experience, body-workers who have had James Waslaski’s training in Orthopedic Bodywork provide not only the best massage therapy, but also the most productive pain relief therapy. Personally, I have experienced better pain relief from orthopedic bodywork than from either chiropractors or physical therapists. Orthopedic bodywork can look and feel like typical  massage. It is not.

Dr. Eric Dalton is a massage educator with a passion for understanding and disseminating information about chronic pain. Anything he has to say is worth hearing, and considering. Read what he says about wearing high heel shoes by clicking here.

Click this link  to read a research paper regarding high heel shoes written by Danielle Barkema of Iowa State University.

Wikipedia has an informative article regarding women wearing high heeled shoes. As you might surmise, I feel strongly that wearing heels contributes significantly to chronic pain symptoms, and joint deterioration.

This research paper concludes that actual research into the effects of high heel shoes on lumbar lordosis is inconclusive. Draw your own conclusions. Personally, I now wear “zero drop” shoes. Shoes with no heel whatsoever. I perceive an overall lessening of minor knee pain that was occurring while riding my recumbent tandem tricycle. A word of caution: Don’t just jump onto the minimalist shoe wagon. If you have been wearing shoes with heels for any amount of time, your body will need to slowlyadapt to shoes without heels. If you experience discomfort, or pain, back off for a couple of days. Start out by only wearing your zero drop shoes for a small part of the day.

NOTE: A google search of high heels and back pain results in about 1,280,000 pages of conflicting information. Some website are advocating high heels for back pain, others say just the opposite. Humans have been evolving for roughly 6 million years. We have only been wearing shoes for about 40,000 years. Scientists best guess is that early shoes were mostly leather bags bound around the foot for protection and warmth. Essentially, shoe science is returning to the concept that less to zero heel, and more flexible shoes create better walking and running dynamics. Personally, I feel that evolution trumps fashion and that a minimalist shoe is better.