“Fascia: where it lives and what lives in it.”
Blog #18 - måndag den 30 april 2018
“Folds of Fascia to Non-Newtonian Fluid”
count down to Week #19, 13 of May 2018 - British Fascial Symposium lecture
Alex Honnold and USA Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps have something in common. They need to reach. Reaching an arm up to grab onto a rock or a longer arm to paddle through water, can lead to a split second favorable outcome.
There is strength within their reach. The reach is strong and long at the same time. This is not because of muscle, but the behavior of the connective tissue around / within the muscle, nerves, blood vessels. The connective tissue folds then unfolds or glides then slides. Their reach is stiff, then it retracts and returns to supple. It coils and recoils - again and again and again.
There are instances where suppleness does not return. Frozen shoulder is a common example. There are illness which change connective tissue to stiffness only. Scleroderma, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Fibromyalgia have symptoms of stiffness. These illnesses affect women more often than men. At one time, perhaps, these illnesses had symptoms considered to be Conversion Disorder or Hysteria. Now the “Thinking of Today” provides a biological reason for the illness. Yet, no cure.
There is an Indian dude, Amar Bharati who has sacrificed his right arm in devotion to the Hindu deity Shiva. He reached his arm straight up into the air above his head in 1973. At first there was a lot of pain, then pain subsided, but the range of motion stiffened. Now his arm remains in this position without effort. If suppleness should return, these tissues would need some divine intervention. Fluid has a difficult time flowing up without momentum.
Christopher Daprato and colleague Kenneth Leung give an excellent lecture at the OSHER Center Mini Medical School for the public May 9, 2017. The Fascia glides and slides over other connective tissues. A liquid “barrier” is in between them. BRILLIANT, Dr. Daprato, Brilliant !
Daprato provides an activity at @10:00 of his Presentation, linked below. Take a piece of paper (A). Put honey on A, place another paper (B) over A. Pull. Let us take the analogy one step further to explain what happened to Amar Bharati’s arm.
Put a finger on paper A. The tension of the finger on A restricts A from moving. Pull on B. B glides over A. Use warm honey between the papers. The movement of the sheets of paper is effortless. In your own experiment, compare movement and the force needed to pull on paper B with cool honey vs warm honey. Amar Bharati's arm has solidified. The liquid barrier in between his tissues has frozen. It is not from lack of temperature, he lives in India. It is loss of fluid flow.
Daprato @29:00 minutes discusses ketchup and its thixotropic effect. “Viscosity reduces as one puts in energy to move better.”
The fluid in between these sheets of paper is HONEY. Honey, like corn starch, is a Non-Newtonian Fluid. Either can be stiff or supple. The very definition of the Ground Substance of the human body is a Non-Newtonian Fluid.
“A non-Newtonian fluid is a fluid that does not follow Newton's Law of Viscosity. Most commonly, the viscosity (the gradual deformation by shear or tensile stresses) of non-Newtonian fluids is dependent on shear rate or shear rate history.” (wikipedia Non-Newtonian Fluid)
Daprato has worked with Michael Phelps and other athletes. In order to allow Michael Phelps to have a longer reach, a technique other than compression was tested. Myofascial decompression is lifting tissue using suction cups. Images @72:00 minutes demonstrate how decompressing fascia levels increases the flow of fluid.
Ancient oriental texts have used cupping for a long time. And allow me to say: Their medicine has known, for a longer time than A.D. Bud Craig and our “Thinking of Today”, the homeostasis model. Stimulate/Strengthen one system, dampen the signal of another system.
The AMAZING lecture from Christopher Daprato and Kenneth Leung is derived from recent research. Daprato shared his reference list @77:00.
The sources are well known to the Fascia world. A few to name: Carla Stecco, Thomas Myers, Thomas Findley, Hans Chaundry, Helene Langevin, Andreas Schilder, Robert Schleip, and Frank Willard.
And best yet, my silent hero in the Fascial World, Gil Hedley is mentioned @87:00 minutes. Finally, Gil gets air time. He is one amazing explorer of the human body. Even better, he shares his knowledge. It is not locked up somewhere where only other researchers can learn from it, or where one must pay thousands of dollars to access it.
Thank you, Gil, for all you have done to advance the Bridge of Fascia to all people and professions.
Kindest regards Gil,
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden
The Role of Fascia in Movement and Function
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine presents Mini Medical School for the Public"
Show ID: 32389 - Recorded on 05/09/2017
0:15 - Main Speaker: Christopher Daprato
39:24 - Main Speaker: Kenneth Leung
56:10 - Main Speaker: Daprato
1:07:45 - Questions & Answers
Fascia, or connective tissue, helps muscles communicate. See how to keep this important part of your body supple to improve your mobility and decrease pain.