Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body

1st Edition

The science and clinical applications in manual and movement therapy


  • Thomas Findley
  • Robert Schleip
  • Leon Chaitow
  • Peter Huijing
    • Electronic ISBN 9780702052286

    Key Features

    • Reflects the efforts of almost 100 scientists and clinicians from throughout the world
    • Offers comprehensive coverage ranging from anatomy and physiology, clinical conditions and associated therapies, to recently developed research techniques
    • Explores the role of fascia as a bodywide communication system
    • Presents the latest information available on myofascial force transmission which helps establish a scientific basis for given clinical experiences
    • Explores the importance of fascia as a sensory organ - for example, its important proprioceptive and nociceptive functions which have implications for the generation of low back pain
    • Describes new imaging methods which confirm the connectivity of organs and tissues
    • Designed to organize relevant information for professionals involved in the therapeutic manipulation of the body’s connective tissue matrix (fascia) as well as for scientists involved in basic science research
    • Reflects the increasing need for information about the properties of fascia, particularly for osteopaths, massage therapists, physiotherapists and other complementary health care professionals
    • Offers new insights on the fascial related foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine Meridians and the fascial effects of acupuncture

    Table of Contents


    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


    Part 5 Fascia-related disorders

    5.1 Fascia-related disorders: An introduction

    5.2 Dupuytren’s disease and other fibrocontractive disorders



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    Churchill Livingstone
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