“WHEN FASCIA GOES ROGUE II”

Plantar Fasciitis Plantar fasciitis is a common condition in the population. Characterised by heel pain, often described as “stabbing” or “like a stone bruise” on getting up in the morning or on taking those first few steps once the individual has been sitting/immobile for any length of time, it can be debilitating. Prolonged standing can…

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Hypermobility Part II

Following the overwhelming response to last week’s #funfacts on the subject of Ehlers–Danlos syndrome (hEDS) and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder, let’s look into the mid- and longer-term health implications for elite dancers…. OK, so it’s an aged article (2004) but the incidence if not necessity for elite dancers to be somewhere on the hypermobility spectrum has…

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The Arachnoid Mater Revisited!

Our theme of the neural fascia continures this week with a look at the arachnoid mater, the second layer of protective fascial tissue around the brain and spinal cord, both beautifully demonstrated in these images supplied through “Wickiwand”. The arachnoid mater is a derivative of the neural crest mesectoderm in the embryo, and while it…

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FASCIA and HYPERMOBILITY SYNDROME

Ehlers–Danlos syndrome (hEDS), or Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder are common but frequently under-diagnosed conditions affecting both females and males (but are more common in females). They are heritable genetic non-inflammatory connective tissue disorders, with the prevalence amongst children estimated at between 5 and 18%. There are variations in incidence associated with ethnicity, reducing with age (Peterson…

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The Arachnoid Mater

This is our final week of looking at the meninges, and our inevitable conclusion is with the Pia Mater – the “tender Mother” in contrast to the “tough Mother” that is the Dura Mater. Both the Pia and Arachnoid Mater derive from of the neural crest while the Dura is derived from embryonic mesoderm. The…

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Pia Mater

Further to our exploration of the cranial and spinal meninges, I wanted to expand today on the remarkable Pia Mater – the “tender Mother” in contrast to the “tough Mother” that is the Dura Mater. Both the Pia and Arachnoid Mater derive from of the neural crest while the Dura is derived from embryonic mesoderm.…

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“WHEN FASCIA GOES ROGUE” PART I

DUPUYTREN’S CONTRACTURE Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition most therapists have seen at some point in their careers. Characterised by contracture of the connective tissues of the palmar aponeurosis which cover the flexor tendons of the hand (Chaitow, 2014), Dupuytren’s commonly affects older men particularly of Scandinavian and Celtic ancestry (earning it the title “Viking disease”).…

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Meningeal Fascia

We spend a lot of time studying the fascia of the musculoskeletal fascia – and who could blame us? – but over the next few weeks we’ll be delving into the visceral fascia. In this lovely illustration from Nature, we can see the Dura Mater, or “tough Mother” forming the outermost of the three meningeal…

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ACL Injury Prevalence in Females

I’ve touched on the heightened prevalence of ACL injuries in females compared to males in athletic populations – between 2 and 8 times more frequently, depending on which authors you’re reading! Today I’d like to explore this a little further…. A consensus statement came to light in a 2016 article that appeared in the Journal…

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