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Ligaments more involved in movement than previously thought.

October 30, 2017

This is more of an academic article, but with amazing implications for massage therapy.  First of all, I love that Tom Myers, an expert in the field, is writing about how his own work has now been displaced.  Secondly, as a massage therapist with a few years under my belt, this new perspective on ligaments is both eyeopening and obvious at the same time.  Of course ligaments are more involved in movement!


I've always been a big believer in working ligaments and fascia as well as muscles in my practice.  When there are adhesions in the muscles, I often find corresponding restrictions in nearby or conjoining ligaments and fascia.  It is important to work on some of these ligaments as they are often the epicenter of some of the most common complaints.  Unfortunately, basic training for massage therapy does not include ligament work and only a little bit of ligament anatomy.  Now to get off my soapbox...


Myers writes:


"This means that the ligaments, far from being active only at the moment of the greatest elbow extension in your preacher curl, are dynamically active in stabilizing the joint all through the movement, during both concentric and eccentric contraction. This muscle-ligament combination van der Wal termed a dynament—a contraction of dynamic and ligament—and the implications of his findings are profound."

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