“Sensory input, an emotional crutch?”...
(Following the theme of authority, survivorship and confirmation bias, critical thinking when it comes to training and rehab via sensory stimulation).
Some definitions of fascia and manual therapy
Fascia can be described as a tough membrane of fibrous, protective tissue that encases the body's muscles 1 2 3, and can be categorised into biomechanical, physiological, neurological and psychological subsections 4. Fascia is innervated by mechanoreceptors which are sensory structures that relay internal/external information to the central nervous system and are responsive to touch or manual pressure 5. Myofascial or self-myofascial release is the manipulation of fascia and is believed to be an effective treatment for improving circulation, relieving pain and increasing mobility 2 6. Manual therapy of fascia and or skeletal muscle and joints is classed as a pseudoscience and is often used to treat patients by alternative therapists such as osteopaths and chiropractors 7 8. Manual therapy currently has little to
no useful scientific evidence supporting long-term effectiveness in rehabilitation or sports performance 4 9 10 11 12 6 13.