In November I had the privilege of attending the Functional Anatomic Palpation and Functional Range Release (spine module) course hosted by Somatic Senses.
This course was taught by Drs. Andreo Spina and Michael Chivers, and while I've known both of these bright individuals for over 10 years, it's always a treat to hear what they have to say.
Because it would be difficult for me to write a summary for those who were unable to attend (the course is full of contextual information), I thought I would do something a little different and recap some of Dr. Spina's quotes from the seminar and directly ask him for follow up clarification.
He kindly agreed so enjoy!
"Don't focus on the muscles, focus on the connective tissues"
"Instead of flossing the nerve, load it"
"The first job in rehab is to influence (aka normalize) the healing of damaged tissue"
"If something is neurologically tight, do not try to 'release' it...you need to apply neurological inputs - i.e. isometric contractions"
"It's the nervous system's decision as to what it does with the muscles, not the decision of the origin and insertion"
"Force is the language of cells"
"The idea that fascial lines exist negate the idea that everything is connected...and everything IS connected"
"When taking a clinical history, think histology"
Thank you again to Dr. Spina for taking the time to clarify his thoughts (quotes). If you're a manual therapist, I highly suggest you check out his site and better yet, one of his courses. In the meantime to tide you over, here's a short video I recorded directly from the course.