The Lyno Method was developed during the early 90’s by Benita de Witt, a qualified physiotherapist who focussed on he treatment and prevention of sports injuries. At that time she was working with many professional athletes who encouraged her to develop a technique/method which would not only fix their current injury, but which will also prevent the injury from recurring.
Her main inspiration came from rolfing, a technique developed by Dr Ida Rolf in the late 1900′s in Colorado, USA, which is based on restructuring of the fascia (connective tissue) to correct posture.
Fascia can be divided in 2 parts; the superficial fascia that surrounds the whole body like a wetsuit, and the deep fascia which is connected to the superficial fascia but interpenetrates and surrounds all the structures like muscle, bone, joints, organs etc. The function of the fascia is to protect, but also to support the structures and as a whole determines the form of the body.
In the Lyno Method , the body is divided into 10 different functional fascia lines. If all these lines are fully activated, the body is able to maintain its neutral position (neutral alignment) when training.
When athletes start training a specific sport, specific repetitive movement will cause certain muscles to work harder. These muscles now need more support and the fascia therefore contracts towards those areas, leaving other areas with less support. Once an imbalance occurs in the distribution of fascia, symptoms will start appearing in the areas with less fascia support. This is evident in chronic hamstring or groin tears in rugby-players where the power Quads and Glutei demands excessive fascia support.
The Bunkie and Stretch Tests were developed to determine where the areas of ‘locked-short’(condensed fascia) and ‘locked-long’ (weakened fascia) are. The results of these tests not only show the therapist were to focus the treatment, but informs the athlete when there is a functional imbalance which could lead to injury. Athletes also use the tests to determine their level of recovery after training or competition.
Through the years it became evident that each athlete has a specific dominant pattern that would lead to a specific pattern of ‘locked-long’ and ‘locked-short’ fascia. Once the athlete becomes familiar with this pattern, he/she has the knowledge of how to prevent injuries. In the world of professional sport where every training session is equally important, this tool is crucial to keep the athlete injury free.
This method has been used in treatment on many professional athletes since the early 90’s with remarkable results.
You are hereby invited to join the Lyno-team, find your own or your athlete’s ‘recipe’ and start taking control of unwanted preventable injuries.
Lyno Therapy Plan
- Subjective assessment – the symptoms
- Objective assessment – The Bunkie Test and The Stretch Test
- Release of ‘locked-short’ fascia
- Release of ‘locked-long’ fascia
- Activation of the weak lines – Yellow Page Wedges
- Conditioning of the neutral body through training.
Price: R400 per hour