professorProfessor Gerald H. Pollack, Ph.D Bioengineering

Professor Pollack’s interests have ranged broadly, from biological motion and cell biology to the interaction of biological surfaces with aqueous solutions.

His 1990 book, Muscles and Molecules: Uncovering the Principles of Biological Motion, won an Excellence Award from the Society for Technical Communication. Professor Pollack is also the author of Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life and The Fourth Phase of Water  released in 2013. Professor Pollack is an international leader in the field of muscle contraction and has published over 250 scientific papers, and has earned several honors and awards.

Professor Pollack, over several years, has compiled a vast documentation of experimental research and with his own experiments, has demonstrated that the sliding-filament–cross-bridge theory is not as simple of a mechanism in which filaments at constant length slide past one another and propel by a rotational cycling and detachment of the cross-bridges. He has spent more than three decades studying the sarcomere with sub-nanometer precise devices; and his last twenty years have been devoted to research on cell water molecular behavior.

This fresh insight of knowledge, offers practitioners involved in the field of manual therapy a deeper understanding regarding the underlying physiological and biomechanical mechanisms of skeletal muscles and their role in somatic dysfunctions.