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About the History of Connective Tissue Manipulation





In the late 1920's a Physiotherapist in Germany, called Elizabeth Dicke, suffered from a widespread infection of the blood vessels which affected the circulation to her right leg. She developed gangrene and her doctors wanted to amputate. As she had also developed angina, gastric, kidney and liver problems she was too ill for surgery and was effectively left in a side ward to die.

She had agonising backache and being a Physiotherapist started to massage her back. She noticed an unusual, sharp sensation with the massage and an occasional warm sensation down her leg when there was a sharp feeling. She was so weak that she asked a colleague to continue to produce these strange sensations. Within four months her colleague had Elizabeth out of Hospital and started back at work within a year. She had normal circulation in her leg and her back pain, angina, kidney and liver problems had all resolved. Elizabeth and her colleagues then spent the next 10 years doing research into the new technique that she had discovered, finding out how it worked and what it was effective in treating. They set up a teaching protocol for all physiotherapy students in Germany.

The English name for the technique is Connective Tissue Manipulation In the mid 1980's Jacqueline Flexney-Briscoe studied with a German Physiotherapist who was teaching Connective Tissue Manipulation in England. Jacqueline has since been developing the clinical use of the technique and combining it with Manual Lymph Drainage so that it can be used to treat any condition where the circulation is below par.

Connective Tissue Manipulation is a post-graduate Physiotherapy technique in the UK and is not as widely used here as on the continent where it is part of the undergraduate study course. Because of its effect on the circulation and the reduction of tension within the tissues it is effective in treating not only muscle or joint problems area of swelling, pain or stiffness but also in the treatment of organ related problems like indigestion and constipation.

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