Anatomy Trains - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780702046544, 9780702055638

Anatomy Trains

3rd Edition

Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists

Print ISBN: 9780702046544
eBook ISBN: 9780702055638
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 13th December 2013
Page Count: 332


The new edition of this hugely successful book continues to present a unique understanding of the role of fascia in healthy movement and postural distortion which is of vital importance to bodyworkers and movement therapists worldwide. Fully updated throughout and now with accompanying website (, Anatomy Trains: Myofascial  Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists will be ideal for all those professionals who have an interest in human movement: massage therapists, structural integration practitioners, craniosacral therapists,  yoga teachers, osteopaths, manual therapists, physiotherapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, dance and movement teachers, chiropractors and  acupuncturists.

"There is a clinical relevance to this book that could change the thinking of most physiotherapists and encourage a more "whole body" approach to therapy." Reviewed by: Sam Blanchard, Head of Academy Physiotherapy, Brighton & Hove Albion Football club. Date: Aug 2014

Key Features

  • Provides a revolutionary approach to the study of human anatomy which has been shown to improve the outcomes of physical therapies traditionally used to manage pain and other musculoskeletal disorders 
  • Describes a theory which is applicable to all common types of movement, posture analysis and physical treatment modalities
  • Layout designed to allow the reader to gather the concept quickly or gain a more detailed understanding of any given area according to need
  • Design icons direct readers to their own specialist areas of interest, e.g. manual therapy, movement therapy, visual assessment, kinaesthetic education or supplementary video material
  • Appendices discuss the relevance of the Anatomy Trains concept to the work of Dr Louis Schultz (Meridians of Latitude), Ada Rolf (Structural Integration) and the practice of Oriental Medicine 
  • Accompanying website ( presents multi-media exploration of the concepts described in the book - film clips from Kinesis DVDs, computer graphic representations of the Anatomy Trains, supplementary dissection photographs and video clips, webinars, and some extra client photos for visual assessment practice

Table of Contents

Introduction: laying the railbed

  1. Fascia and Biomechanical Regulation
  2. The Rules of the Game
  3. The Superficial Back Line
  4. The Superficial Front Line
  5. The Lateral Line
  6. The Spiral Line
  7. The Arm Lines
  8. The Functional Lines
  9. The Deep Front Line
  10. Anatomy Trains in Training  
  11. Structural Analysis

Appendix 1 A note on the meridians of latitude

Appendix 2 Structural integration

Appendix 3 Myofascial meridians and Asian medicine

Anatomy terms




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As we seek solutions to the frequently complex biomechanical puzzles posed by those who consult us, Tom Myers' insight into the fascial networks of the body can often point to practical therapeutic options. The Anatomy Trains metaphor is a revelation; a way of seeing the body's interconnectedness more clearly, offering new physiological and anatomical perspectives, and therefore different clinical choices. Quite simply the content of this book is revolutionary.

Leon Chaitow ND DO, Honorary Fellow, University of Westminster, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies

Clinicians, researchers and educators alike will find this an invaluable text, which leads to new insights on each reading.

Thomas Findley MD PhD, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Editor-in Chief, International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork: Research, Education and Practice

Any body of work that demonstrates the interconnectedness of the body and fosters appreciation of the whole over the sum of available parts is a must in today’s health and fitness market. Anatomy Trains champions a wider scope of the body and its movement systems.

Gray Cook MSPT, OSPT, CSCS, Developer of the Functional Movement Screen

Tom Myers' masterful second edition of Anatomy Trains incorporates the most recent scientific concepts into a framework for understanding and practicing deep tissue work. Readers will gain insight into both basic and clinical research issues, how the science could influence clinical practice, and vice versa. Completely redone illustrations show anatomy from the cellular to the whole body level, describing both structure and function. Clinicians, researchers and educators alike will find this an invaluable text, which leads to new insights on each reading.

Thomas Findley MD PhD, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Me