Aisle concept: do old models need to be reconsidered? On the interdisciplinary Fascia Research Course from March 21-26 at the Academy for Science, Economy and Technology at the University of Ulm, Dr. Adjo Zorn, Rolfing therapist and research associate at the Fascia Research Project at Ulm University presented a new model for the gait concept in humans.
Dr. Zorn showed that previous approaches were very much focused on anatomical details and topography. In these models, balance and the up and down movement of the body are viewed as energy loss mechanisms that add up. Our upper body has to slow down and accelerate slightly while walking on a flat surface. A functional model sees the elasticity and the participation of the back in the walking movement as energy-saving components that, in contrast to the traditional concept, are subtracted.
The day before, Professor Serge Gracovetsky, who is researching the field of biomechanics in Canada, had shown people who could only walk on the ischial tuberosity without legs in a video presentation on the fascia course. Building on this evidence of the influence of the back on human gait movement, the participants of the five-day course of Dr. Zorn saw a video of a dog born without front legs. He was forced to walk upright, which worked. Zorn's functional approach was also impressively demonstrated by a video of a greyhound that only used one front and one rear leg for successful locomotion.
Zorn pointed out that the only two scientists who had previously also taken into account the connective tissue plate of the back, the so-called lumbodorsal fascia (LDF), in gait studies (Gait Analysis), the researchers Serge Gracovetsky and the one from Holland clinical anatomist dr Andry Vleeming were.
Accordingly, the lumbodorsal fascia has an elastic effect and works together with the muscles of the buttocks. In this way, pendulum movements between the pelvis, legs and arms can be transmitted and initiated. Zorn used videos from Africa by so-called swing walkers to illustrate this. With their walking style, called elastic walking, the swing walkers have a strongly swinging pelvic movement when walking.
Turning to a functional perspective with reference to human walking seems to do more justice to reality. Especially with regard to therapeutic use, the clinicians and researchers in Ulm are doing pioneering work with their fascia research and the new concept of this course, which serves to continuously expand the understanding of processes in the human organism. Because a possible factor of back pain could be the lack of use of the elastic structures in our lower back. (Thorsten Fischer, naturopath osteopathy, 23.03.2010)
Videos of the "Swingwalker" by Dr. Adjo anger
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