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Dr Greg Whyte PhD, BSc (Hons) Editorial

JAN 2015

It is a complete coincidence that we’ve published two articles,

from authors from two continents at opposite ends of the world, that highlight serious issues that the manual therapy ‘brand’ is currently facing. To me it is an indication of the gravity of the situation. On the one hand (pun intended!) manual therapy/massage/soft tissue manipulation (there in itself is one issue) is having something of a renaissance in no small part thanks to the growing appreciation of the role of fascia and the interconnectedness of the soft tissues of the body. However on the other hand there are the issues of inconsistent terminology (as described on p8), difficulties establishing solid, repeatable, evidence-based research to support the practical application of massage and lastly a continued fragmentation in terms of professional representation with a growing number of professional associations attempting to represent the same people (an issue we’ve highlighted regularly). Leaving politics aside, it all comes down to one issue, our existing and future potential customers. If we can’t deliver unified terminology, standards and a solid evidence for our practice, how on earth can we expect our potential clients to understand what they’re looking for?

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This quarter’s latest soft tissue research

8 Professional standards 12 Massage research

17 Kinesio tape research

Unitity is needed if we’re going to create a reputable brand

Research into the effectiveness of massage is flawed, we look at how we can change this going forward

An update on the evidence base TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SPORTEX VISIT

CONTENTS 20 Yoga as therapy

Discover how yoga can complement rehabilitation

29 Biotensegrity 34 Social Watch

Fascia and body architecture Useful resources on social media sites Tor Davies, physio-turned publisher and sportEX founder

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