Joint Conference on Acupuncture, Oncology & Fascia

11168920_10205366955390195_8926109870822198549_n “Integrative treatment of cancer is more important than any other treament.” – Helene Langevin. Helene also spoke of how matrix stiffness influences the growth of cancer and also that cancer will increase matrix stiffness to better suit its needs for growth.  Exciting times here in Boston at for the 625 people attending the ground (substance)-breaking conference.


1:52PM: Next Up, Lisa Hodge on Manual Therapy and Lymphatics.

(there was a lot to digest this morning after Helene. More on that later)

11:20AM: Helene Langevin begins her presentation: “Fascia, Acupuncture & Manual Therapy” (and I’m quoting now) – What do acupuncture and manual therapy have in common? They both stretch the connective tissue.

When wounds stay inflamed and do not resolve they lead to fibrosis (ongoing scarring) and then the fibrotic can lead to and feed into the development of cancers. How do mechanical forces that are applied in daily life interact the with the level of stiffness and how does that effect other processes going on in the body?

11:15 AM: Jun J Jao (Family & Community Medicine Penn State): “Many people say the positive results from acupuncture treatments are all placebo. I would argue: ‘So What?”

10:50AM: Dr.  Gary Deng, the interim chief of Integrative Medicine at Sloan Kettering gave an overview of integrative oncology services including acupuncture, massage therapies, music therapy and the like. He also promoted an invaluable app they created called About Herbs. Memorable Quote: “Without awareness and mindfulness, nothing will happen (for the cancer patient.”

Saturday Matinee – German Fascia Documentary

Now with dubbing in English, though please note: sometimes their pronon-seeations have di-fferent emfah-sis. My friend the translator calls this “Dinglish” – in any ahvent, lissen clothesly

Rolfing & Endurance Athletes & Trademark

A nice piece on endurance athletes and positive effect of Rolfing™ Structural Integration can can be found here

Says Maya: “Prior to Rolfing?, my idea of exercise without pain was slow walking and gentle yoga,” Maya said. “I was a runner and athlete in high school, but I figured my glory days were behind me. I had a desk job and felt tight and stiff. I was plagued by chronic tendonitis and joint pain. It hurt my ankles, knees and hips to run more than a mile. Biking caused my neck and shoulders to ache and my low back to spasm. I just assumed that I had to take it easy or injure myself, I had no idea there was a solution to my pain and discomfort.”

Also in this article  eve, y time there should be a ™ symbol, you you will a ? symbol. So you will see “Rolfing?” instead of “Rolfing™” This is do to an error in encoding.

However, in point of fact, there was really no need to use the™  symbol in this article. If this article was comparing different types of Structural Integration, then differentiating “Rolfing™ Structural Integration” from “Hellerwork™” or “KMI™” would be appropriate.  Also, once you use the ™ symbol in an article, there is no need to use it a second time –it’s been established.

And in an article like the one linked, there is really no need to use it at all.  Says intellectual property attorney Kelley Keller: ” There is no requirement to use the TM or SM symbols and their use has no legal significance,”  wow. How about that? She does however continue, “… it is wise to do so. When you use the TM or SM, you notify the public of your claim of branding rights in a particular mark and in turn dissuade others from adopting the same or similar mark for the same or similar products or services.

Personally I find the use of the ™ symbol in anything involving health, healing or medicine distasteful. Polio vaccine™, or Quadruple Bypass Surgery™ – see what I mean. I think it cheapens the brand your trying to protect and comes off like bad marketing. Bad Marketing! Bad! Look at the mess you made!

But that’s just my my opinion. We’ll see if it changes when I have my own brand. >;-)



It is in Your Head – and That’s Good!

lymphatic_lScientists have discovered that the brains of mice contain functional lymphatic vessels that can carry fluid and immune cells from cerebrospinal fluid. This is a big deal, as problems in this system might play a role in neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, meningitis, and multiple sclerosis.

This system, managed by the brain’s glial cells, was termed the glymphatic system. It moves cerebrospinal fluid, a clear liquid surrounding the brain and spinal cord, quickly and deeply thoughout the brain, removing waste.

Read all about it here.

Machine-Assisted Abdominal Vomiting, or Happy Monday!

Good Morning Everybody!  Stephen Colbert files this report on the AspireAssist, a non-surgical weight loss procedure that works by removing a portion of the food from the stomach, through a tube, before it is absorbed.  Brought to you by a team of doctors and the man who invented the Segway, AspireAssist once again provides a solution that requires no behavioral change on your part to get a good result. That’s the kind of science and medicine that always works!

Mastectomy Effect on Structure and Walking

The Gait Guys have a fantastic piece on how gait and movement are effected by mastecomies. They write: Following mastectomy, whether unilateral or bilateral, restorative measures are necessary, and not just for cosmetic effects either. From a biomechanical perspective, obviously depending on breast size, removing a considerable mass of tissue is going to change the symmetry of the torso particularly if we are dealing with a unilateral mastectomy… Breast tissue moves. It oscillates a various cycles depending on speed of walking or running.  There is a rhythmic cycle that eventually sets up during walking and running and the cycle is intimately and ultimately tied to arm swing.  Thus, it would make sense that removing a sizable mass of tissue, particularly when done unilaterally, will change the tissue and joint rhythmicity.

“Rhythmicity”? Hmm… I like that word. Maybe that should be the name of  my album. But that’s something else entirely – so for all of you with dealing with patients or family members who’ve had a mastecomy go here.

Fascia Academy 3 is here

Featuring 16 illustrated, informative lectures by Carla Stecco, Tom Findley, Robert Schleip, Andry Vleeming and more. Watch the sneak preview on the left. Order your copy at here Fascia Academy is in stock and shipping!

Anniversary of Einstein’s Brain

Einstein_frontal_smallThose of you who’ve heard me lecture know I’m obsessed with glia and therefore somewhat obsessed with Einstein’s brain, primarily because: “In 1985, neuroscientist Marian Diamond at the University of California at Berkeley published a study suggesting that Einstein had more glial cells per neuron in one section of his left inferior parietal lobe (an area involved in complex reasoning and processing visual stimuli) …”

This weekend marks the anniversary of Einstein’s autopsy and the removal and saving of his brain for further study, a move that probably would’ve revolted Einstein because  I want to be cremated so people don’t come to worship at my bones,” he told his friend and biographer Abraham Pais.


his brain was retained and and for many years parceled out piecemeal to anyone with sufficient credentials for further study. Yep, this was long before HIPA. And hypermedia (I’m suddenly having visions of people taking selfies with Einstein’s brain).

Anyway, the story behind the saving and further misadventures of Einstein’s preserved brain always makes for fascinating reading. Like this article from Slate’s Bess Lovejoy.

Fascia in MindBodyGreen

A nice article on fascia  by Laura Probert showed up on It’s good to see more articles on fascia hitting the mainstream. Here’s the big take aways, including something I’m not sure I agree with (the first 2 are good advice, always):

1. Stay awake. Be aware inside your body while you’re stretching. Quiet your mind, feel what’s happening and stay in that focused awareness during your exercises. Awareness is the key to making a change in the tissue, to healing, to transforming your body.

2. Breathe! Stretching is 90% breathing and relaxation, which puts us back at awareness. Breath is life, so if you’re holding your breath and not realizing it, you’re asleep. Wake up, breathe, relax and let go into your stretches.

3. Hold your myofascial stretch for at least three minutes. Five is better. Why? Because the physiological effect of permanent elongation of the tissues that is your primary goal of this kind of stretching only happens after a long, slow, sustained pressure, after which the body will begin to change your dried up fascia into its natural, fluid healthy state again.

While I get the logic in holding, that’s simply not going to work for everyone. A supported Gary Kraftsow-like restorative yoga pose maybe, I’ve certainly held them longer than that but it all depends on the goal.  I’m thinking of my work with people with scoliosis, and my training in such with Robert Schleip who was very adamant about not keeping such folks in any one fixed position for very long. And I’m thinking of a particular yogi I know who has a scoliosis and cannot stand yin yoga.

One size does not fit all and actual mileage varies. Especially with fascia!


Saturday Matinee – Carla Stecco

On fascia and proprioception and the implications for sports!


Carla’s new book – The Functional Atlas of the Human Fascial System is available for pre-order here. Based on what I know and have seen, it will be the new gold standard for fascial anatomy. We afascianados will have our own Netter.

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