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Translating specific palpatory findings into specific treatment applications

January 29, 2013

One of the main problems with the utilization of ‘protocol’ based, restrictive treatment methods is their inability to account for the vast continuity inherent in the Connective Tissue system.  Aberrant fibrotic development can occur in various areas both within, and between structures including muscles, capsules, tendons, ligaments, and fascial areas that are, or are not related to any of the aforementioned structures.  As such, the direction of the movement restriction caused by said depositions can take on an infinite number of angles in an infinite number of positions.  It is only with direction specific palpatory & assessment techniques that one can locate/assess aberrant tissues in this plethora of possibilities.  Once found, the application of soft tissue treatment technique must be equally as specific and sensitive to location and angle in order to correct the palpated tissue tension.  With most soft tissue techniques, the method involves shortening the affected tissue, and then lengthening it under the soft tissue contact along a pre-determined path of motion.  This form of treatment application makes two incorrect assumptions:  1.  That abnormal tissue is present in the ENTIRE structure, and 2.  That the abnormal tissue will lead to movement restriction along the predetermined path.  These two assumptions create a situation where the application of tissue release is FAR to generalized for the reality of the connective tissue continuum as it is now understood in the scientific literature.


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