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Research blogs

Movement is Crucial

The fundamental distinction between animals and all living beings is movement. Animals emerged out of living beings becoming able to make distinctions in their surroundings, give meaning to those distinctions, and move towards or away from what...

Current Research in Manual Therapy

Discussing Manual Therapy with members of the scientific or medical communities is often challenging. Usually, shortly after jumping into a description of the efficacy of this treatment modality, the question arises “Do you have peer...

Touch for Health Archive

This summer (2013) we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the beginnings of Touch for Health (TFH). It was both a time to reminisce and look forward to the future of TFH as a continuing influence on Energy Medicine. Part of this discussion was...

Survival as a Species

In the same way in which we anthropomorphise our pets, we have a nearly irresistible compulsion to anthropomorphise our consensual reality. Examples of this include Theism, in which our God(s) mirror our sense of self, and war, in which our...

Structure and Function of Bone

For Manual Therapists conceptualizing bone is something of a challenge. Classical anatomy presents bone as a static, mineralized structure that treats loads as compressional, somewhat like a stack of bricks. The dynamic and self healing...

Resolving Post Traumatic Stress

A compilation of reflections written by Sharon, Mary, Pamela, Lori, Brea and Shannon combined and adapted to make one narrative. (These people are Masgutova NeuroMotor Reflex Integration Core Specialists, complied by Pamela Curlee) “We’re a...

Fine Motor Control

Our human skills and capabilities primarily emerge from the largest and most evolutionarily recent parts of our brains, which are collectively called the Neo-Cortex. These abilities are learned behaviors. When we learn a skill, essentially what...

Linear Movement

SYMMETRICAL AND CROSS LATERAL LOCOMOTIVE REFLEX FUNCTION Locomotor Reflexes are the primitive mechanisms that combine to move us forward (or backward). In some manner, we share these systems with all animals. These are dominantly Proprioceptive...

Visceral Reflexes and Behavior

Visceral reflexes are the most ancient cognitive mechanisms present in the human body. These reflexes regulate internal processes such as digestion and the function of the liver, processes which collectively are known as Homeostasis. Optimally...

Mathematical Muscule Modeling

I mention this paper because it has a pretty clear overview of the math involved in the bio-mechanics of human movement. From the journal of the Serbian Society for Computational Mechanics: Modeling Musculoskeletal Systems Using Finite Element...