Part 1: Amazing Fascia - The Role of Fascia in Walking and Running

Amazing Fascia: The Role of Fascia in Walking and Running  

Taso Lambridis is a Physiotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience treating musculoskeletal disorders. He qualified in South Africa and then went to the UK for a period of 8 years in which he completed a Masters Sports Medicine degree while also working in a number of Sports Injury clinics. He has lived in Sydney since 2005 and he is currently the Clinic Director of Spinal Synergy Physiotherapy, a private practice which focuses primarily on treating the spine and pelvis  

In addition to his role as a clinician, Taso also teaches courses to Physiotherapists; his main areas of teaching are the SIJ-Pelvis and Myofascial Release. He is very interested in understanding the world of fascia and over a 10 year period has trained in Myofascial Release both internationally and in Australia and utilizes this treatment method extensively in his clinical work. He has obtained certification in Structural Bodywork from the CORE Institute in Florida, USA whilst attending an internship of Myofascial Release training working with elite NFL American Football athletes in the USA. 

Presentation summary: 

Part A  

This presentation is a 2 part series which discusses the role of fascia in both walking and endurance running. The upright bipedal gait is unique to humans and requires many musculoskeletal specialisations amongst these is a special role for the connective tissue system in aiding locomotion. 

The presentation covers basic features of musculoskeletal adaptation for upright human gait and introduces the mechanism whereby fascia provides an energy efficient method for propulsion which does not require costly use of muscles. The idea of the human body been adapted for endurance running is presented based on the elastic recoil phenomenon of fascia. Also discussed is the basic structure of fascia. 

The aim is for clinicians to further explore the world of fascia and consider its key role in human gait. 


Presentation Outline  

Part A: 

10 min:  Adaptations for bipedal gait 

10 min: Elastic recoil for propulsion 

15 min: What are human bodies adapted for? 

10 min: Introducing Fascial membranes 


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