Charting the Science of Structural Integration

The Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation (IPRRF), introduced in 2007 at the First International Fascia Research Congress, encourages and supports interdisciplinary, scientifically sound research focusing on the therapeutic mechanisms, clinical effects, longer-term health effects, and utilization of Structural Integration, a therapeutic method designed to evoke whole body improvement of function and well-being.

The Foundation issues grants focusing on bringing together scientific, medical, and related professionals with Structural Integration practitioners to explore, define, verify and expand the scientific basis of Dr. Rolf’s concepts and their role in improving the human condition.

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  • 2015 Fascia Research Congress Book and Video Available
    Whether or not you were able to join us at the Congress in September 2015 near Washington, DC, you can have a window into the proceedings of this international event. The proceedings book and the streaming video are available now. In addition, 2007, 2009, and 2012 Fascia Research Congress DVDs and proceeding books continue to be offered for purchase. Visit fasciacongress.org »
  • View 2015 Video Presentations from Fascia, Acupuncture and Oncology
    This Joint Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO), the Fascia Research Society (FRS), and the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) was held at a Harvard Medical School Conference Center in November 2015. View each speaker segment »
  • Groundbreaking Clinical Study: Structural Integration for Chronic Lower Back Pain
    Conducted by a research scientist at Harvard Medical School, the project had its initial funding through a grant from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a branch of National Institutes of Health. Learn more about the clinical study »
  • Stanford followup study on Structural Integration and Cerebral Palsy
    Stanford University Medical School’s research study on Rolfing® Structural Integration (SI) for children with cerebral palsy (CP) began in January 2009. Certified Advanced Rolfer™ Karen S. Price reports that she and her research team received a 2-year grant from the Gerber Foundation to enroll 24 children ages two to three with CP for a follow-up study. The size of the research team has doubled and now includes a PhD PT for assessments, an additional pediatrician who specializes in CP, PhD consultants, and an individual to assist with grant applications. Many children are currently enrolled and work will continue through 2013. The team has also applied for a second grant to fund children ages three to seven. A paper on the findings from the pilot study was published in the Journal of Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine and a poster presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia in May 2010.
  • Peer Reviewed Medline article on Structural Integration
    Rolfing® Structural Integration Treatment of Cervical Spine Dysfunction demonstrates that the basic ten-session series of Rolfing Structural Integration (RSI), when applied by a physical therapist with advanced RSI certification, is capable of significantly decreasing pain and increasing active range of motion in adults with cervical spine dysfunction. The retrospective study will be published in the Medline-indexed Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. Article authors: Helen James MPT, Professor Emerita, Luis Castaneda, Student Physical Therapist, Marilyn E. Miller PhD, PT, GCS, and Thomas Findley MD, PhD.

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Fascia Research Congress

The 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Fascia Research Congresses brought basic scientists and clinicians from several continents together to present the latest findings in fascia research. These presentations highlight the properties of fascia, which Dr. Ida Rolf believed to be the mechanism for changes observed in the structural integration process.


Fascia Reearch Society

The Fascia Research Society (FRS) was established by IPRRF as its membership component in order to facilitate, encourage and support continuing dialogue and collaboration between clinicians, researchers and academicians in the intervening years between Congresses, and to further interdisciplinary research. The FRS provides benefits such as online access to the Medline Indexed, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.