Does Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy ( ECTT) have Efficacy and Long Term Benefits Treating People with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
Author(s): Kate Greenaway, Michelle Sheldrake
Background: There has been so much research on chronic low back pain globally without any definitive model that reduces the pain levels permanently over time. At best there are medical management models including medication, exercise, relaxation techniques and counseling. For the last 20 years there has been an increasing interest in the quality, nature and role of the body’s connective tissue (CT) with physical therapists, osteopaths, anatomy specialists, orthopeadic and plastic surgeons in America and Europe. The working hypothesis is that CT may have a very important role in our body’s vitality and in chronic pain conditions. Recent research has shown the CT changes from being naturally fluid in nature to thickened and less fluid/flexible with physical strain and significant emotional strain. (Helene Langevin MD NCCIH (USA)– Fascia Researcher, Carla Stecco MD Professor of Anatomy, University of Padova (Italy) and Dr Jean-Claude Guimberteau – hand surgeon, (France). Dr Guimberteau has taken videos of the sliding/ gliding nature of CT in patients having open hand surgery that have changed the way surgeons view CT. He has been looking to answer the unanswered question : How does the CT function in the body? He has stated ‘ The more we research the connective tissue the more we will understand it, this opens the door to new therapies’. I have been working with a new therapy : Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy (ECTT ) for 20 years especially with people with complex chronic pain conditions. I propose that the CT is the overlooked key that if supported to heal and return to a more fluid state will help reduce the severity and impact of chronic low back pain.