Michael Stanborough, M.A. (Communication Theory, Victoria University), is the director of the Stanborough Educational Group. He has practiced Structural Integration (Rolfing®) for the past 30 years and was a full instructor at the Rolf® Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He was the first Australian to be certified to teach by the Rolf® Institute. He now teaches Structural Integration within his own sch
Myofascial Release Techniques in the Physiotherapy Setting
Mulugeta Bayisa Chala
School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Queen’s University, Canada
My colleagues and I at the department of physiotherapy, University of Gondar, Ethiopia regularly encounter patients with challenging and complex musculoskeletal health conditions, such as chronic pain. Chronic pain of musculoskeletal origin is often hard to treat using conventional treatment approaches such as stretching or other manual therapy techniques such as mobilization that we physical therapists use. However, since we started to augment our treatment techniques with myofascial release techniques, our confidence to treat these patients improved.
Effectiveness of Myofascial Release in the Management of Lateral Epicondylitis in Computer Professionals
Dr M.S. Ajimsha (PhD Physiotherapy) and colleagues conducted a study on the effectiveness of myofascial release in lateral epicondylitis. The author acknowledged the techniques were in part based on those shown in Michael's book Direct Release Myofascial Technique. This study provides evidence the MFR is more effective than a control intervention for lateral epicondylitis in computer professionals. To see a more detailed description see: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
To investigate whether myofascial release (MFR) reduces the pain and functional disability of lateral epicondylitis (LE) in comparison with a control group receiving sham ultrasound therapy in computer professionals.
Guide to Structural Integration
A User’s Guide to Structural Integration
Dr Ida Rolf originally called her unique form of bodywork therapy “Structural Integration” when she developed it over 60 years ago. For several decades it was known by the nickname “Rolfing”, a term that arose during Dr Rolf’s development of the method at Esalen Institute in California. When the residents and visitors there received her treatments they described it as being “Rolfed” rather than Structurally Integrated. Then a whole generation of people trained by her became known as “Rolfers” and the names – verb, noun and adjective – stuck. However, these days the term Structural Integration, practiced by Structural Integrators, is becoming more widespread. There are many graduates of schools certified by the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI) including SI Australia, my Melbourne based training. It appears that 100 years after Dr Rolf received her PhD in bio-chemistry from Columbia University and used it as a springboard into a lifetime's exploration of working with fascia and human movement, the work she developed is here to stay.