In this second article about the concept of biotensegrity, we consider the fascia, or tensional network of the living body. Many traditional concepts of biomechanics and musculoskeletal anatomy are evolving rapidly, particularly in light of a better understanding of biotensegrity. Biotensegrity has been defined as the new "science of body architecture" and includes the latest research into the fascia. Biotensegrity, or tensegrity in biology, is described as the tensional network of the human form. It is an emerging field that raises new questions and insights into how this fascial connective tissue matrix is tensioned and how crucial that is to human structure. There are challenges in naming the fascia and relating this ubiquitous fabric of human form to structure and natural function in living movement. Some key questions are explored here. Does biotensegrity provide the missing link?
Catch up on this quarter's essential massage therapy research. Our Massage Therapy Journal Watch brings you all the most important journal discoveries with our own unique sportEX take-home messages. This is one of our most... Read More
Exercise therapy is frequently a keystone to treatment, and one of the original four pillars of the physiotherapy profession outlined in 1922, when the physiotherapy society was first granted a Royal Charter. Much has changed... Read More
The following letter from one of our regular Australian contributors provides an interesting insight into some of the difficulties facing Australian massage therapy industry. This introduction describes how the Australian healthcare and education systems have... Read More
Massage is used extensively in both sport and the wider occupational setting but a huge number of experimental studies reach the conclusion that it has little or no actual benefit. This is because virtually every study is methodologically flawed not for the usually stated reasons of a lack of randomisation or blinding but because of a lack of consensus about what massage actually is, a lack of understanding about what is being tested and on whom, and above all a complete disregard for the dose of application.
This article discusses recent studies on the effectiveness of kinesio tape used to treat medial tibial stress syndrome, osteoarthritis of the knee, calf pain and low back pain in order to assess the evidence base for this therapy. The use of kinesio tape (KT) continues to grow in popularity despite a lack of clear evidence of efficacy or mode of action. Previous reviews (1,2) have identified a total of 14 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that focus on the application of KT in a musculoskeletal setting but the results have been far from conclusive. Some positive results have been demonstrated (predominantly in treating pain and disability) but no indisputable evidence has yet appeared. Poor study design and small participant groups have hampered the impact of existing studies. It is the aim of this update to identify any new trials published since my previous article to add to the growing body of research into KT.
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