About the Author


I typically try to stay away from any direct focus on myself, however I have recently received a few inquiries regarding some sort of bio or some information on "who this person is".  I must admit, it never occurred to me that anything beyond the information would be relevant.  However, it is only logical to be curious about where certain information is coming from and what sort of experience / qualification it is derived from.  Therefore, I have decided to insert a small bio for any interested persons...and will be very brief to avoid any perception of shameless self-promotion! ;)




My name is Gavin Broomes and I am a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada (1997) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Therapy.  I have been fortunate enough to have worked over the last 24+ years in the field of health, fitness, and physical rehabilitation in a very diverse capacity.  My experience extends from the clinical aspect with various sports medicine clinics in Montreal, to high performance training and rehabilitation with a wide range of people including some professional and Olympic athletes.  In 2002, I began teaching at Concordia University in the Department of Exercise Science an a lab instructor in physical activity programming and human anatomy.  It was at that time that the "teaching bug" took host and have never left since.

In 2006, I began working with children with Cerebral Palsy and other disorders of movement and posture.  Over 7 years, my direct work with them and their families has provided some invaluable insight and understanding into the human organism...which effectively has lead to more in-depth and comprehensive formulations, theories, and hypotheses.  It is essentially through them that I continue to learn and gain more knowledge and perspective into ALL aspects of human pathology and degenerative conditions.  Since March of 2013, I have been fortunate enough to put all of my experience and knowledge into the formulation of my own concept called Fascia Therapy.  It is essentially an overall philosophy that has its basis deeply rooted in the "organic organization" of the body...focusing on developing and nourishing the primitive systemic competence of the body to essentially serve as a catalyst for more efficient and rapid healing and improvement.

The Fascia Therapy blog (originally called One Giant Leap) was initiated in June 2011 initially as a personal project.  The most productive way for me to learn and integrate concepts and information is to write it down...so a blog was an excellent way to formalize that process.  I can confidently say that it has exceeded this original purpose and has broadened my understanding beyond expectation...and it is even more rewarding to know that it actually serves an informative and educative purpose for some readers as well.

I'm looking forward to the continued evolution of my understanding and clarity, as well as evolution of the blog and it's readership!

Cheers!
Gavin

4 comments:

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  2. Hi Gavin ,
    I am a pediatric physiotherpaist . Liked your articles .. and appreciate the new thinking.
    I work primarly with infants and am looking for little advise on how to make the laterl chain of muscles to activate as most of these babies are stuck to only activation in sagittal plane. Any suggestion would be welcome as I understand that the description like this may be hardly suffice.

    Thanks in anticipation
    Divya Mohan
    India

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    1. Greetings! Thanks for leaving your comment...and I am glad that there are some things here that you find (found) relevant. Indeed, the limited amount of information you provide significantly reduces my ability to provide any real useful feedback...as I am sure you would agree, every case is unique and it is quite literally impossible to make blanket statements about muscular or fascial chains without taking into consideration the individual themselves. However, I am very interested in hearing more and expanding on your inquiry...so please feel free to write to me directly at my personal email (gavinbroomes@hotmail.com) and perhaps we can explore a more comprehensive solution to your inquiry. There are quite a few viable strategies and options to achieve the objectives you describe...but it involves a more detailed and comprehensive analysis to do so. I hope this has been helpful! Cheers!

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    2. Hi Gavin,
      I just found this site and I'm quite interested. My son is 27 and about 15 or so years ago my wife and I learned that he had a mild form of CP that is called spastic diplegia. We knew prior to that that he had difficulty with pronation and other lower extremity problems but never fully understood the nature of his condition until then. We had consulted with professionals and tried various forms of OT and PT before and since that time. He is now in his 5th year of a PhD program at UMass and has developed a stretching and exercise routine after working with a physical therapist there. I am wondering if there are any practices that are known to be helpful or counterproductive in this regard. I am a Dance/Movement Therapist by training and profession so I have long been concerned that his physical condition might deteriorate over time with wear and tear from his unusual mechanics. He was able to run Cross Country in high school but has never really lost his signature"clunky" gait. His legs never fully straighten and lengthen as he strides. I've never been on a blog before so I hope this is the appropriate venue for this comment.

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