Lumbodorsal Fascia and Low Back Pain: Research Update and Clinical Implications

Even if clearly visible on x-rays and MRIs, disc pathologies are usually only coincidental to low back pain. In fact, in about 80% of all cases these structural changes do not seem to play any causative role in the client’s back pain at all. In this intriguing presentation, you’ll discover the limitations of current imaging techniques to diagnose the cause of low back pain. You learn about the multilayed lumbodorsal fascia (LDF), its innervation and what current research says about the role of microtearing and inflammation in causing pain. Lastly, you’ll get clinical treatment suggestions for working effectively to solve the low back pain puzzle.

Robert Schleip
Robert Schleip is director of the Fascia Research Group of Ulm University, Germany and Research Director of the European Rolfing Association. He has been a certified Rolfing Instructor since 1992 and certified Feldenkrais Teacher since 1987. He has an M.A. degree in Psychology and a PhD in Human Biology. He is author of numerous books and publications in the field of fascia research and fascia related applications in manual and movement therapies. His research on active contractility of fascia was honored with the Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine in 2006.

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