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A reaction to the Fascia Research Congress from one of the principal speakers, Serge Gracovetsky PhD, Emeritus Professor, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada…
"That conference was one of the most productive I have been involved with. I am not a clinician, but I knew that manual therapy was effective since I witnessed the benefits that my wife received from a chiropractic friend following a car accident. Why it worked was a mystery to me, and the absence of hard data in the literature (i.e. convincing blind studies with control group) did not help. Boston 2007 changed all that. On Thursday morning, the direct impact of stress at the cellular level, including the expression of DNA targeting the build up of muscle was coolly laid out in no uncertain terms. I was mesmerized by the movie of Dr. Guimberteau which instantly obsoleted all mathematical models of tissue biomechanics that I knew. That was the evidence I was looking for. The question is no longer whether manual therapy is an efficient alternate form of medicine. The data demonstrates that the therapy intervenes at a very primitive and fundamental level in our systems. It has to have a major effect. That was a total surprise to me."
"In truth, I realized since the early 1990’s that the classical representations of the musculo skeletal system were incorrect. Confronted with many discrepancies in the calculations, I sensed that something fundamental was missing. I tried but could not reconcile the logic of Tensegrity with serious spine biomechanics. Boston 2007 provided the pathway. It suddenly made so much sense."
FRC in the News
- International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI) / "The First International Fascia Research Congress" Report by Bethany Ward, MBA in the IASI 2008 yearbook.
- THE ASSOCIATION OF BODYWORK AND MASSAGE PROFESSIONALS (ABMP) / posted a conference review "Meetings of the Minds" by Leslie Young on their website, January 2008.
- JOURNAL OF BODYWORK AND MOVEMENT THERAPIES / Fascia Research Congress Report by Kim LeMoon; January 2008. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies subscription information.
- DYNAMIC CHIROPRACTIC / "Why Fusions Fail and Other Insights From the First Fascial Research Congress" by Marc Heller, DC, Dec 3, 2007, Volume 25, Issue 25.
- DYNAMIC CHIROPRACTIC / "Can the Posterior Spinal Fascia Be Related to Chronic Back Pain?" by Warren Hammer, MS, DC, DACBO, Dec 3, 2007, Volume 25, Issue 25.
- MASSAGE MAGAZINE / "Fascia Research Congress a ‘Landmark Event’" by Bethany Ward, December 2007.
- MASSAGE THERAPY PRACTICE / "Fascia at the Tipping Point: Review of the First International Fascia Research Congress" by Ann Sleeper, December 2007. (Massage Therapy Practice is a Canadian e-magazine for massage therapists.)
Note: Article includes links to recorded interviews with several conference speakers and a Massage Therapist attending the conference.
Video camera work provided by Jody Tennant.
- MASSAGE TODAY / "Harvard to Host International Fascia Conference", by Kathryn Feather, Managing Editor, March 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 03.
- DYNAMIC CHIROPRACTIC / "Harvard to Host International Fascia Congress", by Kathryn Feather, Feb 26, 2007.
- THE INSTITUTE OF NEAR EASTERN & AFRICAN STUDIES (INEAS) / posted video taped documentary/interviews taken during the conference on October 5 by Wafaa Al-Natheema, featuring the following Fascia Research speakers:
- Interview with Serge Gracovetsky, PhD - Part 1
Interview with Serge Gracovetsky, PhD - Part 2
Serge Gracovetsky is Emeritus Professor at Concordia Univ., Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
- Interview with Thomas Findley, MD, PhD
Thomas Findley, the Executive Director of the First International Fascia Research Congress, is Co-Director at the Center for Healthcare Knowledge Management/Veterans Administration
Medical Center, bio-medical researcher, and a Certified Advanced Rolfer.