Physical-based treatments that impact connective tissue have the potential to influence tumor growth, spreading and metastasis through mechanisms explored in the emerging role of connective tissue in cancer biology. Recent advances in understanding the effect of mechanical forces on tissues provide clues that may now be useful to understand the biology of physical-based therapies in relation to cancer and perhaps eventually develop physical treatments that may enhance natural healing responses. the possibility that mechanical forces produced within tissues during exercise could directly impact tumor growth or recurrence has received little attention. While the safety of applying direct mechanical forces in the vicinity of tumors is a prime concern, active or passive mechanical forces applied away from the tumor itself may promote a healthy connective tissue environment throughout the body that is inhospitable to cancer and enhances natural immunity.
Thomas DeLorme is known for the progressive resistance exercise (PRE) protocol. However, many have overlooked or forgotten the fact that although DeLorme exercised patients through the full range of motion, he did so in a way that the muscle was maximally loaded when at its shortened length. My latest research explores short muscle length loading programs, with outcome measures such as range of motion, muscle length, soft tissue pliability and long-term function changes. ... [more]