The Science Of Rolfing
Is based on the clinical application of fasci0-structural strategies that enable the practitioner and reciever to navigate the nuances of tension and load simultaneously to achieve a new functional potential. Disagreements about what activates the pain cycle in each individual persist but over a century of documented scientific research exist that supports the principles of Orthopedics, Osteopathy Neuroscience, Biology, and Mathematics. Rolfing Structural Integration is a whole person approach to health care by decreasing pain and increasing movement. The Rolf Institute certifies graduates & governs the global body of Certified and Advanced Rolfing practitioners.
Jacobson, E. E., Meleger, A. L., Bonato, P., Wayne, P. M., Langevin, H. M., Kaptchuk, T. J., & Davis, R. B. (2015). Structural integration as an adjunct to outpatient rehabilitation for chronic nonspecific low back pain: a randomized pilot clinical trial. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2015, 813418. at
Jacobson E. (2011). Structural integration, an alternative method of manual therapy and sensorimotor education. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.), 17(10), 891-9.
Jacobson E. (2011). Structural integration: origins and development. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.), 17(9), 775-80.Cottingham, J. et.al. (1988). Effects of soft tissue mobilization (rolfing pelvic tilt) on para-sympathetic tone in two age groups. Journal of American Physical Therapy Assn. 68,3, 35
UCLA and the University of Maryland has demonstrated Rolfing’s effectiveness at:
Eliciting a relaxation response(1)
Positively altering body structure(2)
Reducing lordosis (sway back)(2)
Creating more efficient muscle use(3)
Promoting conservation of energy(3)
Creating refined and economical movement patterns(3)
Cottingham, J. et.al. (1988). Shifts in pelvic angle and parasympathetic tone produced by rolfing soft tissue manipulation. Journal of American Physical Therapy Assn. 68,9, 1364-1370.
Hunt, V. and Massey, W. (1977). A study of structural integration from neuromuscular, energy field, and emotional approaches. Rolf Institute.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine – Manipulative and Body-Based Practices: An Overview 2nd International Fascia Research Congress, Oct. 27-30, 2009, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. fasciaresearch.com
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