LOUIS GIFFORD AND HIS LEGACY
February 14, 2016 by Lars Avemarie
Recommended reads welcomes another piece by Lars Avemarie, science-based writer at SimpliFaster and teacher at Paincloud.com. Last time we saw Lars, he was celebrating the great mind of Dr. Jason Silvernail in the form of 34 quotes. In this piece, Lars turns his attention to the late, great Louis Gifford, increasingly regarded as the ‘unsung hero’ of the ‘pain science revolution’, particularly with reference to his work in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. If you are not already familiar with Louis’ three volume masterpeice ‘Aches and Pains‘, then do treat yourself to a copy. Published in October 2014 (eight months after Louis’ sad passing) the collection of books has already sold out three times. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy Lars’ presentation of 50 inspirational Louis Gifford quotes.
Read Lars’ full article HERE…
FASCIA SCIENCE: STRETCHING THE POWER OF MANUAL THERAPY
Oct 25, 2012 – Greg Lehman
We now take a trip back in time for a double bill fascia feature. First up is Greg Lehman who back in 2012 published a piece called ‘Fascia Science: Stretching The power Of Manual Therapy.’ For those of you unaware of Greg’s work, he was one of two students who initially trained with the highly respected Professor Stuart McGill in his Occupational Biomechanics Laboratory, and went on to publish over 20 peer reviewed papers in the manual therapy & exercise biomechanics field. Today Greg is an internationally acclaimed speaker with an extremely popular ‘Reconciling Biomechanics With Pain Science’ workshop. In this piece, Greg provides a wonderful opportunity for us all to take a step back and check whether we have ‘got ahead of ourselves’ slightly with regards to claims of what fascia does and more importantly what we think our hands can do to it. Do our attempts to “rub, pin, release, contact, shear or roll-out” fascia with our digits/utensils really modify its properties? Can we effect another part of the body and relieve pain by “following a fascial line/link/chain/train”? It’s an eye opener of an article and one that I encourage all therapists to read.
Read Greg’s full article HERE …
FASCIA MASHERS AND FASCIA BASHERS
June 3, 2015 by Tom Myers
When it comes to learning about fascia, one of the most well know names out there has to be Tom Myers. His Anatomy Trains courses, books and dvd’s have inspired and continue to inspire many, many therapists. If anyone was going to feel challenged by Greg’s piece it was going to be Tom, so it was with great pleasure when I discovered that Tom did reply to Greg three years after the original piece, with this article ‘Fascia Mashers and Fascia Bashers’. Anyone who has attended my workshops will know that my biases very much lie in the Greg Lehman camp, but the main reason I am such a fan of this piece by Tom is it provides an awesome example of how two great professionals in their own right can disagree on major concepts but still maintain the up most respect for each other. Having the capacity to criticise and be criticised without losing courtesy or respect is a trait that all therapists should work on in order for our industry to evolve.
Read Tom’s full article HERE …
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