In this blog my aim is to;
I love to learn new practical skills so I can bring them back into clinic and help my patients!!
I’m always reading and refreshing so I can practice up to date treatments.
Attending courses is one of my favourite things to do. It keeps me motivated and ensures that I am delivering the best care I can.
Back in late April I attended an intensive 4 day course entitled Fascial manipulation…
The fascia is just as important as muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves in enabling us to move. However it is largely misunderstood and ignored in the vital role it plays. In fact 40% muscle attaches into fascia and not bone!
When we injure the body the fascia will become involved and can be the underlying cause of the ongoing problems with pain, dysfunction and loss of mobility. In cases where there is persistent pain and failed rehabs fascial manipulation is usually the missing link.
Below is an excerpt from the course:
Day 3: developing important palpation & fascial treatment skills to reduce fascial restrictions and improve gliding of tissue to reduce musculoskeletal pain and improve movement and performance.
We are the first MSK podiatrist’s in the UK to train in facial manipulation.
The Stecco family are leading researchers in this area of musculoskeletal pain and are making ground-breaking changes in chronic pain management.
There are 5 segments of the lower limb that move in 6 directions in 3 planes. All tissue within the chain requires careful assessment to establish active pain sites.
I’m working on the horizontal plane restrictions found at specific points of the external aspect of the pelvis, hip, thigh, ankle and foot.
If you have pain in any one aspect of the chain; all planes at the front, back and sides need assessing for restrictions within the fascia that cause pain & biomechanical compensations that create further sites of pain. This is often the explanation behind chronic pain & dysfunction!!