Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body

The science and clinical applications in manual and movement therapy

Edited by

  • Robert Schleip, PhD, MA , Director Fascia Research Project, Ulm University Germany; Research Director European Rolfing Association; Director Deutche Gesellschaft fur Myofascial Release; Registered Naturopath, Certified Rolfing & Feldenkrais Teacher
  • Thomas Findley, MD, PhD , Center for Healthcare Knowledge Management, VA New Jersey Healthcare System, New Jersey, USA; Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark NJ; Executive Director, Ida P Rolf Research Foundation, Boulder CO, USA
  • Leon Chaitow, ND, DO (UK), Registered Osteopath and Naturopath; Honorary Fellow and Former Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster, London, UK; Fellow, British Naturopathic Association.; Fellow, College of Osteopaths, UK
  • Peter Huijing, PhD, Professor of Biomechanics and Physiology, Research Instituut MOVE, Faculteit Bewegingswetenschappen, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Compiled by experts of international renown, Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body brings together very different contributors who share the desire to bridge the gap between theory and practice as much as possible in our current knowledge of the human fascia. With contributions from over 100 specialists and researchers from throughout the world, this new volume will be ideal for all professionals who have an interest in fascia and human movement - physiotherapists, osteopathic physicians and osteopaths, chiropractors, structural integration practitioners, manual therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, yoga or Pilates instructors, exercise scientists and personal trainers - as well as physicians involved with musculoskeletal medicine, pain management and rehabilitation, and basic scientists working in the field.
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Audience

All those professionals who have an interest in fascia and human movement - physiotherapists, osteopathic physicians and osteopaths, chiropractors, structural integration practitioners, manual therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, yoga or Pilates instructors, exercise scientists and personal trainers - as well as physicians involved with musculoskeletal medicine, pain management and rehabilitation and basic scientists.

 

Book information

  • Published: February 2013
  • Imprint: CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-5228-6

Reviews

"A very in-depth resource ideal for professionals with an interest in fascia & human movement, the book offers comprehensive coverage ranging from clinical conditions & associated therapies, to recent developed research techniques."

International Therapy, January 2013 (Issue 103)

"This book provdies a comprehensive collation of information regarding fasica by authors and contributors from diverse clinical and professional backgrounds. The text covers the structure and function of fasica, the related disorders, an indepth overview of therapies through to their applications. The most up-to-date research techniques are discussed along with directions for furture research...In short, this is a book that will become a classic text and should find its way onto the bookshelf of anyone with a therapeutic interest in the humnan body."

Posture and Mobility, January 2013

"The editors have successfully integrated current scientific knowledge of fascial anatomy and physiology with clinical applicationas...Helpful videos are available via the book's website to complement some of the chapters...The website also provides opportunity to report typographical errors, and as a first edition of a very wide subject, these are probably unavoidable...The book should be of interest to various health practitioners, including physiotherapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors, to improve understanding of different clinical concepts while not aiming to provide detailed information regarding specfic manipulative techniques."

Physical Therapy Review, October 2013




Table of Contents

SECTION I SCIENTIFIC FOUNDATIONS

Part 1 Anatomy of the fascial body

1.1 General anatomy of muscular fasciae

1.2 Somatic fascia

1.3 Fascia superficialis

1.4 Deep fascia of the shoulder and arm

1.5 Deep fascia of the lower limbs

1.6 The thoracolumbar fascia: An integrated functional view of the anatomy of the TLF and coupled structures

1.7 The deeper fasciae of the neck and ventral torso

1.8 Visceral fascia

1.9 Membranous structures within the cranial bowl and intraspinal space

1.10 Diaphragmatic structures

Part 2 Fascia as an organ of communication

2.1 Fascia as an organ of communication

2.2 Proprioception

2.3 Interoception: A new correlate for intricate connections between fascial receptors, emotion and self recognition

2.4 Nociception: The thoracolumbar fascia as a sensory organ

2.5 Fascia as a body-wide communication system

Part 3 Fascial force transmission

3.1 Force transmission and muscle mechanics: General principles

3.2 Myofascial force transmission: An introduction

3.3 Myofascial chains: A review of different models

3.4 Anatomy trains and force transmission

3.5 Biotensegrity: The mechanics of fascia

3.6 The subcutaneous and epitendinous tissue behaviour of the multimicrovacuolar sliding system

Part 4 Physiology of fascial tissues

4.1 The Physiology of fascia: An introduction

4.2 Fascia is alive: How cells modulate the tonicity and architecture of fascial tissues

4.3 Extracellular matrix

4.4 The influence of pH and other metabolic factors on fascial properties

4.5 Fluid dynamics in fascial tissues

SECTION II CLINICAL APPLICATION

Part 5 Fascia-related disorders

5.1 Fascia-related disorders: An introduction

5.2 Dupuytren’s disease and other fibrocontractive disorders

5.3 ‘Frozen shoulder’

5.4 Spastic paresis

5.5 Diabetic foot

5.6 Scleroderma and related conditions

5.7 Trigger points (TrP) as a fascia-related disorder

5.8 Fascia-related disorders: hypermobility

5.9 Anatomy of the plantar fascia

Part 6 Diagnostic procedures for fascial elasticity

6.1 Diagnostic procedures for fascial elasticity : An introduction

6.2 Fascial palpation

6.3 Hypermobility and the hypermobility syndrome: assessment and management

Part 7 Fascia-oriented therapies

7.1 Inclusion criteria and overview

7.2 Trigger Point Therapy

7.3 Rolfing® Structural Integration

7.4 Myofascial induction approaches

7.5 Osteopathic manipulative therapies and fascia

7.6 Connective tissue manipulation

7.7 Fascial manipulation

7.8 Managing dysfunctional scar tissue

7.9 Acupuncture as a fascia-oriented therapy

7.10 Gua shua

7.11 Prolotherapy

7.12 Neural therapy

7.13 Dynamic fascial release: Manual and tool assisted vibrational therapies

7.14 Graston Technique®:A contemporary instrument assisted mobilization method for the evaluation & treatment of soft tissue lesions

7.15 The Fascial Distortion Model

7.16 Frequency specific microcurrent

7.17 Surgery and scarring

7.18 Temperature effects on fascia

7.19 Neurodynamics: Movement for neuropathic pain states

7.20 Stretching and fascia

7.21 Fascia in yoga therapeutics

7.22 Pilates and Fascia: The art of ‘Working In’

7.23 Nutrition model to reduce inflammation in musculoskeletal and joint diseases

7.24 Fascial fitness: Suggestions for a fascia oriented training approach in sports and movement therapies

SECTION III RESEARCH DIRECTIONS

Part 8 Fascia research: methodological challenges and new directions

8.1 Fascia, the clinic and fundamental scientific research: Considering the scientific process

8.2 Imaging: Ultrasound

8.3 MRI and Elastography

8.4 Roles of fascia in molecular biology of adaptation of muscle size

8.5 Mathematical modelling

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