If you check any blog you will see the cliche cover of anatomy train books, as evidence that they are highly read or “in the know”. After Tom Myer’s presentation I was asked by two young coaches what my response was to such a presentation. I said it was excellent education. They were angered as they claimed they had only “train whole body movements” to take home and they were expecting me to
Tom Meyers wrote a really interesting book after many years of experience. His 1st ed. was written at age 50. He has performed multiple exquisite gross dissections I believe as a curious practitioner, not a paid anatomy teacher at university with freshmen pre-med wannabes. I believe he has some good things to teach and share. He admits the performance world is not his world, but I bet he has treated some higher level athletes at some point. I also bet he wouldn’t care if he did or not, as the 60 y.o. from Portland needs his help maybe more than the Man.U defensemen.
I think his main thing is to 1) get people to understand fascia in a histological light vs. a metaphysical light, 2) understand fascias’ biomechanical behavior somewhat differently when treating in each individual discipline of manual therapy.
I don’t think he has dogma when it comes to treatment. Of course he has his preferance, and so he does seminars. I think the expense and time constraints of his higher level seminars precludes practitioners who have to work for a living, seeing one person an hour(no small group training in massage therapy).
John Barnes PT, who started the cottage industry of myofascial release and made millions, talks about communicating withe his horses through energy fields, as well as putting three people in line behind a therapist, hands on shoulders too treat “in series” for a tough case. His hands are great, as a PT friend of mine told me, and she also learned some interesting tecniques, but I prefer the scientist over the palm reader most times.
Everyone seems to be all into fascia now, but how does that change their practice?
Fascia is freaking everywhere in the body. How does that change their training?
Again, we go back to the stimulus and the results. The result is most important and primarily controlled by the stimulus given to the body. Adaptation will always happen.
Neuro + structural + emotion/cognition = results. Failure to address any of these components = sub optimal results. Funny, we are back to the WHOLE athlete again.
Off soap box
Mike T Nelson PhD(c0
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