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Manipulation of the Myofascia: Motivations, Methods, and Mechanisms

Foam rolling and roller massage, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, and percussion massage are all the rage amongst consumers all along today’s fitness continuum. But what is the evidence base for the countless claims proponents offer? These authors provide a review of the peer-reviewed literature.

By Linden A. Lechner, BSc; Michael A. Rosenblat, PT, PhD(c), CEP; and Leanne M. Ramer, PhD


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What If the Ankle Is More Than a Class 2 Lever?

By Thomas J. Cutler, CPO, FAAOP

A knowledge of the historic and philosophical background gives that kind of independence from prejudices of his generation from which most scientists are suffering. This independence created by philosophical insight is—in my opinion—the mark of distinction between a mere artisan or specialist and a real seeker after truth.

Albert Einstein, Letter to Robert Thornton, 1944

The realm of orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) is based on gaining leverage for patients and eking out power when strength is not plentiful. A physical therapist will work with a patient over time to gain power through strengthening exercises where the surgeon may be focused on securing a torn ligament or fracture in hours. But the toolbox of the orthotist-prosthetist is an array of resources designed to optimize the dark side of biomechanics: Reactive Biomechanics—those passive forces that take energy, create leverage, and return more power in an instant. For the orthotist-prosthetist, biomechanics is currently all about levers and leverage.

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Extrapulmonary manifestations of COVID-19

While the respiratory pathology of COVID-19 has taken center stage over the last 6 months, data is beginning to accrue related to its extrapulmonary manifestations, and they are many and widely variable.

Mask Studies

The experts all agree that frequent hand washing, masks and social distancing are key to keeping down the rate of infection. Studies back that up: A meta-analysis of more than 150 studies, recently published in…

If You Don’t Have a Mask…

While wearing a mask is now mandated in many places or at least strongly recommended, there are still times where patients or passersby won’t be wearing them and won’t be practicing good cough hygiene. What to do then?

Cooling Insoles Offer New Approach to Diabetic Foot Ulcer Prevention

A new cooling insole developed by UT Southwestern scientists reduced the foot temperature of patients with diabetic neuropathy by several degrees, diminishing a significant risk factor for diabetic foot ulcers. This new device, detailed in an article published in The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, could eventually prevent thousands of diabetes-related amputations each year.

Sjogren’s Musculoskeletal Pain Not Related to Enthesitis

An assessment of entheses involvement using ultrasonography has found that musculoskeletal pain in patients with Sjogren’s Syndrome is not due to enthesitis. This prospective study included 25 Sjogren’s female patients (mean age, 53.2 + 11.3 yrs) and 25 sex and age-matched controls (mean age, 50.6 + 9.7 yrs), who all…


Industry News & Updates


By performing a few simple physical exercises daily and receiving information about their disease regularly, 500 patients with osteoarthritis (OA) were able to, on average, halve their pain in 6 months—and improve their physical function.


People with multiple sclerosis (MS) often have a greatly increased risk of falling and injuring themselves even when they feel they’re able to walk normally. Now a team led by scientists from The University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill School of Medicine has…


Prosthetic solution provider WillowWood, Mount Sterling, OH, announced that Craig Higgins is the company’s new chief financial officer. His focus will be on financial planning, operating budgets, and decision support analysis to guide the leadership team with investments and…


SubioMed, Bloomington, MN, the inventor/developer of Suspension Biomechanics technology addressing elements of gait and balance, announced that the company’s chief executive officer and co-founder, Patrick Kullman, has also been appointed chairman of its board.


Össur, Foothill Ranch, CA, has purchased the rights to proprietary design and visualization software used in the shape capture, design, and manufacture of orthoses and prostheses (O&P) from Standard Cyborg, San Francisco, CA, a privately held startup company that develops computer vision tools.


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