Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780702034251, 9780702052286

Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body

1st Edition

The science and clinical applications in manual and movement therapy

Print ISBN: 9780702034251
eBook ISBN: 9780702052286
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 26th February 2013
Page Count: 566


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.

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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"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