Thomas Findley, MD, PhD
Professor of Physical Medicine
Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School
Associate Member of Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Link between Manual Therapy, Movement, Fascia and Cancer:
Application of Biomechanical principles to oncology
Increasing evidence indicates that the physical and mechanical environment can regulate cell behavior and tumor progression at a cellular level. It is likewise clear that many patients benefit from physical manipulation of connective tissue, but it is not clear what happens at the cellular and molecular level when these manipulations occur. Thus, a large disconnect exists between the cell and connective tissue
biology and integrative medicine approaches. As such, considerations of physical sciences in oncology should be expanded to include the whole host and possible ways that integrative medicine might be deployed, to determine whether we can safely impact tumor progression and the underlying biology with active and passive physical manipulation. Dr.Findley explores the possibility that active or passive mechanical forces applied away from the tumor itself may promote a healthy connective tissue environment that is inhospitable to cancer.