Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body

1st Edition

The science and clinical applications in manual and movement therapy


  • Robert Schleip
  • Thomas Findley
  • 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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    About the authors

    Robert Schleip

    Dr. Robert Schleip is Director of the Fascia Research Group at Ulm University, Germany. In addition he serves as Research Director for the European Rolfing Association and maintains a part-time private practice as certified Rolfing practitioner as well as Feldenkrais teacher. He holds an M.A. degree in psychology from Heidelberg University, as well as a Ph.D. in Human Biology from Ulm University. Together with colleagues, his input and inspiration was instrumental in getting the first international Fascia Research Congress in 2007 started, as well as the subsequent congresses. His own research work on active fascial contractility was honored with the Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    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

    Dr. Findley has extensive training in complementary medicine, beginning with training in acupuncture while a medical student at Georgetown in 1975. He maintains an active clinical practice as a Certified Advanced Practitioner of Rolfing Structural Integration in addition to his research activities as Associate Director of the Center for Healthcare Knowledge Management, New Jersey VA Healthcare System. He is also Director of Research for the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    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

    Leon Chaitow ND DO is an internationally known and respected osteopathic and naturopathic practitioner and teacher of soft tissue manipulation methods of treatment. He is author of over 60 books, including a series on Advanced Soft Tissue Manipulation (Muscle Energy Techniques, Positional Release Techniques, Modern Neuromuscular Techniques) and also Palpation Skills; Cranial Manipulation: Theory and Practice; Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Practitioner’s Guide to Treatment, and many more. He is editor of the peer reviewed Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, that offers a multidisciplinary perspective on physical methods of patient care. Leon Chaitow was for many years senior lecturer on the Therapeutic Bodywork degree courses which he helped to design at the School of Integrated Health, University of Westminster, London, where is he now an Honorary Fellow. He continues to teach and practice part-time in London, when not in Corfu, Greece where he focuses on his writing.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    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

    Professor Peter Huijing has forty years experience in teaching biomechanics, physiology and anatomy of the locomotor apparatus to students of a great variety of backgrounds, ranging from medical students to students of human movement sciences and bioengineers. Professor Huijing has performed teaching and tutoring duties at the introductory level as well as intermediate, PhD, and post-doctorate levels. He is co-author of a textbook Inleiding van de Kinesiology van de Mens (translation - Introduction to Human Kinesiology) Educaboek, Culemborg, The Netherlands (1983) which was later fully revised (1990, 1996) and published by Wolters, Groningen. Professor Huijing has also been co-editor of several congress proceedings and his intensive research activities in the fields of functional anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of muscle and its related tissues has led to over 200 journal peer reviewed articles between 1981 and 2012 among which are several review papers. In the same period, a similar quantity of other single authored and co-authored contributions were published in congress proceedings, books etc.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor of Biomechanics and Physiology, Research Instituut MOVE, Faculteit Bewegingswetenschappen, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands