To roll or not to roll? That is the question. What is happening inside when you do foam rolling or use any types of balls or tools for self-myofascial release (SMR)? For starters, you cannot foam roll fascia exclusively; all the other cells – nerve, muscle, and epithelia – are getting ‘rolled’ too. In epithelial… Read more
One of our followers on Facebook recently posed this question to Tom: What are the current thoughts about the fuzz speech? There seems to be a lot out there about it moving often and all the time which makes perfect sense, but it is also using information on a cadaver versus a living body. I seem to… Read more
“If you are sane in an insane world,” said R. D. Laing to me back in the 80’s, “ then you yourself are insane.” Are we asking our children to commit an insane act and pretending it is the soul of sanity? In requiring our ever-younger children to sit for hours absorbing audio-visual information in school,… Read more
A reader asks: Do you or your team have any experience with linea alba / deep abdominal fascia separation? Can it heal? Can separations be strengthened? Tom replies: A bit hard to answer generalities – depends on how large and open the diastasis (abdominal hernia of the linea alba) is. Also different responses happen to… Read more
We’ve posted this before, but someone recently reminded me of it again. Worth revisiting. Doctors trace their lineage back to Hippocrates. Holistic therapists can trace their lineage back to ‘Asklepios’ (Aesculapius). Here I take you on a tour of the original ‘asklepion’ (hospital) in Greece, and show you how holistic thinking was for the ancients.
Question: I am a little confused by your description of the muscle spindle gamma system (the muscle fibers at the ends of a spindle) in which he describes the gamma system as fooling the spindle afferent nerves into sensing an increased muscle fiber stretch. He had previously described the spindle afferent nerves as causing an… Read more