I recently returned from Reston, Virginia where I spent a week at two Biotensegrity events (the Biotensegrity Interest Group or BIG and the first Biotensegrity Summit), and the 4th Fascia Research Congress. It was beyond action packed and filled with a lot of wisdom. That said, here are some (only some! There were multiple speakers and breakout events) of the gems that caught my eye during the week.
Highlights and resources
*If I could find the paper I am referencing I linked to it, however some papers are not yet available to read online.
- Dr. Levin presented several talks on biotensegrity including how biotensegrity can fit into a quantum mechanics model, how we are made entirely of soft matter- or as he put it in a quote taken from a university soft matter lab, “biology is soft matter come to life”, why we should rethink muscles, his take on the fuss over fascia and much more. You can read some of Dr. Levin's papers here: http://biotensegrity.com/papers.php
- Jean Claude Guimberteau and his Strolling Under the Skin videos and his work on fluid volumes in the fascia: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20571142
- Dr. Niall Galloway is a pelvic surgeon at Emory University and he takes a biotensegrity approach to repairing pelvic floor prolapse rather than using the mesh. You can link to a number of his papers here: http://emoryhealthcare.org/urology/multidisciplinary-team/galloway-niall.html
- Some of the clinicians who were talking about the importance of finding the area of greatest restriction in order to resolve physical issues: Ed Stiles, Kelly Clancy, Jan Trewartha, Nancy Crooks, Deborah Chasse, Lucy Whyte Ferguson, Brad Fullerton, Leonid Blyum.
- Robert Schleip on how nerves innervate fascia http://www.fasciaresearch.com/InnervationExcerpt.pdf
- The Man Who Lost His Body documentary on BBC
- Robert Schleip on interoception and the crucial role it plays in avoiding or resolving depression, anxiety, IBS, and schizophrenia. http://true.massage-research.com/2013/01/fascia-as-organ-of-communication-by.html
- Christopher Marc Gordon and his team at Ulm University on the effecacy of self myofascial release: http://www.fasciacongress.org/2015/Abstracts/100_Gordon.pdf
- Preeti Raghavan and her team at NYU researching spasticity in stroke patients and how they respond to hyluranon injections locally to the affected tissue- addressing the local tissue like this affects the CNS.
- Dr. Michael Kjaer on tendinopathy http://www.nature.com/nrrheum/journal/v6/n5/abs/nrrheum.2010.43.html
- Dr. Geoffrey Bove and his team's research on repetitive stress injuries response to manual therapy, and post-operative manual therapy as a preventative approach to scar tissue: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Geoffrey_Bove/publications
- Jaap van der Wal's talk on the philisophical considerations of fascia was beyone maximum capacity the room could hold. There is no where I can find a paper of this talk, but his site is here: http://www.embryo.nl/
- All the abstract papers and poster presentations are linked to here: http://www.fasciacongress.org/abstracts_2015.php
Did you attend either of the Biotensegrity events or the FRC?
As I mentioned it was very, very full of information. More than I could manage to see and absorb, so if you were there please leave your favorite moments in the comments below!
*This is the final episode of season 2, but I'll be back!*