The Lyno® Method was developed by Benita Kropman, a qualified physiotherapist. When focusing on the treatment of elite athletes during the early 1990’s, Benita found that there was a missing link when it came to the management of chronic recurring injuries. This took her back to the drawing board and in order to find a solution, developed a holistic assessment structure to evaluate the range of motion (ROM) and function of the whole body.

 

Instead of looking at muscles as individual components, she divided the body into movement planes, i.e. a left and right front, back, outer and inner plane. By comparing the range of motion of the left plane to that of the right, she found that all athletes with recurring injuries, showed distinct differences in range of motion between the left and right.
Another interesting finding was that the shorter side seemed to be the stronger, while the longer side, with more flexibility, appeared to be weaker. With all this information available, she then started out by strengthening the weaker planes, while stretching the shorter side, hoping that this would result in biomechanical balance.

It soon became clear though that results achieved by stretching did not last until the next day and that the results achieved by strengthening, also seemed to disappear once the athlete resumes normal training. This confirmed why all previous attempts to rehabilitate athletes post injury did not last and why injuries reoccur.

In 1996 she was introduced to rolfing®, a technique developed by Dr Ida Rolf in the 1930’s in the USA. Rolfing® is a holistic system of bodywork that uses deep manipulation of the body’s soft tissue to realign and balance the body’s myofascial structure. Benita modified the rolfing® technique and applied it according to the results of her tests, along the functional planes of movement. It soon became clear that by releasing the connective tissue (fascia) in areas of restriction, the range of motion not only improved immediately, but remained unchanged days later. An added bonus was that function in the weaker planes improved, even without exercise.

 

In 2004, a certified rolfer, Tomas Myers, published his book titled AnatomyTrains, which confirmed that the main muscles were all positioned in long fascia slings, almost like long strips of sausages, and that there was indeed a front, back, outer and inner sling, responsible for linear movement., as well as diagonal and spiral slings responsible for rotation. Gil Hedley and others followed with cadaver dissections, which explained the anatomy of connective tissue. It became clear that the body consists of layers upon layers of connective tissue that connects all parts of the body. These fascia layers are divided by loose connective tissue, which contains hyaluronic acid, which enables the layers to slide upon each other.
Repetitive movement, injuries, overuse, operations etc. cause densification of the hyaluronic acid, resulting in restriction of movement, which leads to muscle dysfunction.
It was clear that fascia restrictions could either cause ‘locked-short’ fascia (inflexibility) or ‘locked-long’ fascia (weakness). By releasing these restrictions, fascia layers returned to normal sliding, resulting in full flexibility and allowing full muscle function.
This explained why the results of the Bunkie Tests improved almost immediately, once the restrictions were released.
The trick was to determine exactly where to release the fascia, and that answer was supplied by the unique formula used in the Lyno Method. By releasing locked patterns, biomechanical balance is restored, which enables the athlete to strengthen and train at optimum levels.

 

Over the years the Lyno® Method evolved into a solid treatment modality which proofed to be successful not only in the treatment of sport injuries, but in all chronic conditions including fibromyalgia, geriatric immobility, minor genetic defects in children, prevention of headaches and back pain in office workers, all overuse injuries, etc.