Director - MFR UK
Ruth Duncan: Dip Sports Therapy, Dip Sports and Remedial Massage, Dip Clinical Hypnotherapist and Myofascial Release Specialist.
Ruth was the winner of the Camexpo Outstanding Achievement Award for the Industry in 2014 and is the author of ‘A Hands On Guide to Myofascial Release’ published by Human Kinetics the same year.
Ruth specialises in myofascial release and has been in clinical practice for 17 years as well as teaching myofascial release for over 13 years.
Her own myofascial training includes the work of John F. Barnes, Thomas Myers and Erik Dalton. She has also studied functional rehabilitation approaches as a major component of her Sports Therapy diploma as well as through Functional Movement Systems training (FMS) with Gray Cook. Through her training and extensive experience, Ruth has developed an integration of valuable fascial and connective tissue approaches and functional fascial rehabilitation and self care modalities. She has also expanded her knowledge and understanding of anatomy and biomechanics by attending many human dissection workshops with Julian Baker and Gil Hedley.
Ruth is a committee member for The British Fascia Symposium and delivered the introductory lecture on fascia at the first symposium in 2014. She also presented a poster on a myofascial clinical trial she undertook at the 4th International Fascia Research Congress in Washington in 2015 and is also a founding member of the Fascia Research Society. Ruth has lectured at the national Camexpo trade show in London, the Holistic Health show, the FHT annual training conference and the Massage Training Institute (MTI) annual conference. Ruth was the keynote speaker for the MTI conference in 2015 and is the keynote presenter for the Scottish Massage Therapy Organisation conference in Edinburgh in 2018.
Ruth has taught myofascial release internationally in Europe, the middle and far east as well as her regular UK teaching commitments.
Mechanotransduction, neuroplasticity and force transmission. Fascial facts and fiction.
It is without doubt that fascia has become more than just an ‘in vogue’ name in the manual therapy world. This rise to fame has brought a barrage of fascial therapies myofascial self-care approaches and fascial tools all with their own claims of releasing and stretching fascia and breaking up adhesions.
New types of therapists and therapies are evolving as the internet provides accessible knowledge where fascial fact and fiction have twisted their own network throughout social media, blogs and online conferences, just like modern day Chinese whispers.
Some of this fascia knowledge naturally glides across your screen whilst others create a mind-boggling adhesion of fallacy. The truth is, no one really knows for certain what exactly fascia does. What we do know, we have gleaned from supposition, hypothesis and probability. But – we are going the right direction. This presentation will delve into fascial fact and fiction and what exactly fascial therapies are, how they can be used and why they are a valuable and effective asset to your clinical practice.