FB Post: Tom Meyers at Berlin Fascia Research Congress

“Here you see a plastinated rendition of the heart pericardium on top of the diaphragm, one of several artefacts to come out of the first year of plastinating fascia. The technical challenges in getting these finished products are many, so there is a high learning curve with the people involved – ATSI grad Gary Carter among then, as well as our own AT teacher and master dissector Lauri Nemetz. The lighting – difficult in this photo – was crucial to seeing the new fascia plastinations in all their glory.”

Video: Fascia: The Body’s Remarkable, Funcional Glue [SciShow]

“There’s a connective tissue running all throughout your body that not only holds all your muscles and organs together, but also has sensory and mechanical properties that may explain some poorly understood medical phenomena.”

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Article: On The Move [AMTA]

“So why is the massage therapist’s skill, knowledge and talent instrumental in healthy aging? In short, it’s because our muscles aren’t like fine wine—they don’t improve with age. At some point in our 30s, muscles begin to lose mass and function. Massage may not be a fountain of youth, but the right therapy can enhance muscular health, improve postural holding patterns and keep clients actively headed toward healthy aging.”

Article: The Tantalizing Links Between Gut Microbes and the Brain [Nature]

“Researchers have drawn links between gastrointestinal pathology and psychiatric neurological conditions such as anxiety, depression, autism, schizophrenia and neurodegenerative disorders — but they are just links.

“In general, the problem of causality in microbiome studies is substantial,” says Rob Knight, a microbiologist at the University of California, San Diego. “It’s very difficult to tell if microbial differences you see associated with diseases are causes or consequences.” There are many outstanding questions. Clues about the mechanisms by which gut bacteria might interact with the brain are starting to emerge, but no one knows how important these processes are in human development and health.”

Article: When is Physical Pain Emotional Pain? [NoiJam]

“Twice I have experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) simultaneously. To understand my CRPS I took the Explain Pain course. While working to manage my PTSD I learned that CRPS and PTSD have much in common. Some of what follows comes directly from my study with NOI. This is an essay about the way childhood trauma set me up for PTSD and CRPS in my later life; what they have in common; and how addressing the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and can help the patient address PTSD and CRPS.

“I offer my experience as an example of what a patient with chronic pain might bring to the treating physical therapist.”

Article: Experiments Suggest Humans Can Directly Observe the Quantum [Psychology Today]

“And yet we might also ask, with a genuine and deep curiosity, why this fundamental framework of human potential is only now being discovered in this advanced and highly prolific age of science? Why has this fundamental knowledge about our very selves and nature – right in front of, inside of, our noses, so to speak – only now emerging, coming to light, also so to speak? Why has this basic nature of our own very capacity to experience the world not been previously evident to us in one way or another, and certainly scientifically?”

Article: In the Deepest Ocean Trenches, Animals Eat Plastic

“Alan Jamieson remembers seeing it for the first time: a small, black fiber floating in a tube of liquid. It resembled a hair, but when Jamieson examined it under a microscope, he realized that the fiber was clearly synthetic—a piece of plastic. And worryingly, his student Lauren Brooks had pulled it from the gut of a small crustacean living in one of the deepest parts of the ocean.”