This article aims to stimulate discussion concerning the continuity of the human form and a new vision of human anatomy. Current biomechanical explanations are challenged including the law of levers, inter abdominal pressure while new anatomical descriptions are put forward such as the MyoTensegrity-one muscle hypothesis. Understanding and appreciating the wholeness and connectiveness of the human body can change the way a therapist provides therapeutic interventions thus avoiding the urge to treat the symptoms as opposed to the real source of the insult. Providing a new vision of fascia as a body wide ocean with rivers, brooks, streams, lakes, pools and dry banks (Bones) offers soft tissue therapists a powerful vocabulary for explaining continuity and myofascial force transmission. This short article will be supported by additional articles expanding the concepts put forward and developing the models promoted by John Sharkey a clinical anatomist, exercise physiologist and founder of European Neuromuscular Therapy.
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John Sharkey BSc MSc, BACA BASES is a recognised author and authority on the topic of myofascial trigger points and the treatment of chronic pain. John holds master's degrees in clinical anatomy (BACA), exercise physiology (BASES) and is the programme leader of the masters degree in Neuromuscular Therapy accredited by the University of Chester.
John is a member of the Olympic Councils Medical and Science Team and runs a successful chronic pain clinic. An International presenter and keynote speaker John has proven to be a popular figure at conferences, workshops and masterclasses worldwide. He is a member of the editorial team Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT) and the BioTensegrity Interest Group (B.I.G) under the guidance of his mentor Dr Stephen Levin.
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