Ligament Influenced Fascial Technique is an evolutionary approach to the body via the ligaments, fascial and muscular systems, utilizing gentle, efficient protocols that will often quickly unwind the entire fascial line, change the neurology, and release tension throughout the body." L.I.F.T was developed by Kelly Clancy OTR/L & JoAnn Kovaly LMP - inspired by the work of Thomas Meyer on myofascial meridians, Arik Gohl's Manual Ligament Therapy, and the Logan Basic Technique, discovered by Dr. Hugh B. Logan in the early 1900's - one of the forefathers of modern chiropractic medicine.
"Direct gentle pressure to the ligament trigger point utilizes a neurological feedback effect to reduce muscular tone and increase ligament tissue quality." (Clancy & Kovaly, 2012)
According to honorary professor M. Solomonow Phd. MD, Orthopedic Surgery Director of the Bioengineering Division and Musculoskeletal Disorders Research Lab at the University of Colorado, research conducted over the last 25 years has unveiled that "(a) ligaments are major sensory organs, capable of monitoring relevant kinesthetic and proprioceptive data; (b) excitatory and inhibitory reflex arcs from sensory organs with the ligaments recruit / de-recruit the musculature to participate in maintaining joint stability as needed by the movement type preformed; (c) the synergy of the ligament and associated musculature allocates prominent role for muscles in maintaining joint stability."
"Ligaments contain nerve endings and Rufini Corpuscles supplying the Thalamus and Central Nervous System (CNS) with proprioceptive information. They may have more mechanoreceptor feedback to the brain than muscles, tendons and skin while providing guidance, efficiency, alignment and clarity to movement, setting a pattern to muscular response and tonicity." (Clancy & Kovaly, 2012)