The pectineus is connected to the diaphragm

If you ever find the day after a squat/leg workout (or cycling, sprinting, horse riding etc) you feel so sore you can’t really walk or stand or breath properly – this may be a tight pectineus. Pectineus shares fascial connections with the psoas. The pectineus is one of your many groin/ adductor muscles. The difference between this muscle and other groin muscles is its proximity and connection to the psoas and illiacus. These three muscles are intertwined within their fascial fibers. If one muscle is dehydrated and tight, the others will follow suit. In addition, the psoas is connected to the diaphragm in a similar …

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Shoulder stability for climbers – from a Myofascial Release perspective

It was my pleasure recently to write an article for Jurassic Climbing Academy on shoulder stability which is vital for any climber whether young, old, experienced or starting out. Head coach at ‪#‎JurassicClimbingAcademy‬ , Paul Jackson, has recognised that to be a great climber you need not only great climbing skills, you also need to look after your body both inside and out.   Many of us have a very mechanical view of our bodies. However, by viewing the muscles and bones as the body’s structural support system, we confuse muscular strength with structural stability. Fascia. Our structural stability is in fact provided …

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Pain is not the start of the story

One of my Myofascial Release mantras is “Start at the site of pain then work outwards to find the root cause”. If I am feeling pain in my body,  I want to work out the cause, not simply mask the pain and carry on as if it were not there. Pain is the body’s way of calling out there is an issue to be resolved. Similarly, if I was to take my car to a mechanic because the “check engine” light was on, I would hope my mechanic would not just put a piece of black tape over the light. If pain is …

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British Fascia Symposium 2016

This weekend I went along to the British Fascia Symposium 2016 in Worcester. There I met people who had travel from far and wide, including the USA, the Cayman Islands, Argentina and Italy. We all went for the same purpose, to learn more about the latest scientific research on fascia. What is fascia?? Fascia literally covers and joins every single part of us together, from the finest level of detail, our cells, our organs, muscle to our outer most layer, our skin. Why travel to the symposium?! Well there is an ever increasing body of research into fascia that is …

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Myofascial Release and scar tissue

Many people don’t realise that even the smallest of scars can compound dysfunction, affect fluidity and cause repetitive strain patterns due to loading of surrounding issues.  The effect can elicit seemingly unrelated symptoms and conditions. Myofascial Release can be used to reduce the effects and appearance of scar tissue. If you would like to know more about the effects of scarring on the fascia and connective tissue then please download this pdf to read a really useful article written by my mentor, Ruth Duncan, MFR UK. Ruth trained in the USA with John F. Barnes who is the world’s leading …

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Manual therapy for tension-type headache (TTH)

A recent study has concluded that manual therapy techniques applied to the sub occipital region (base of the skull), for as little as four weeks, offered a positive improvement in quality of life of people suffering with tension-type headache.  Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2016 Feb 29

Relaxation & Positivity – It takes practice!

I was out walking with my dog this morning, mulling things over in my mind as I tend to do, and I started thinking about new year resolutions now we are on the dawn of February. A lot of people start their new year with a resolution to start a new habit that will make them feel better in one way or another, be in going to the gym or, in my case, saying no to sugary snacks. The first few weeks are easy as we feel motivated and enthusiastic, but it is easy for those feelings to wane as …

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Happy New Year 2016!

When the holiday season comes to an end and all the festivities are over, you’re left with a new year. This can be a time to set in place new things to learn and do or it can be a time of consolidation of things you’re already passionately pursuing. Another alternative might be to simply contemplate where you’ve reached in life so far. Whatever your preferred approach to the new year, it’s nice to start feeling refreshed and focused, ready to get back into things you’re working on or to get started on new things. If you’re not in the …

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Tennis Ball Massage for Myofascial Pain

A tennis ball is a handy tool that you can use in the self-treatment of knots in your muscles, technically known as trigger points. Too many trigger points is known as myofascial pain syndrome. I personally could not live without my collection of tennis balls. I often refer to Pain if I’m looking for an eloquent explanation as to why or how something works. What follows is a very useful article as to how you can use a tennis ball to relieve knots in your muscles.

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