Fascia in the Osteopathic Field


This comprehensive book covers all aspects of fascia in the management of disorders with contributions from leading authorities. With almost 600 pages, this book covers the latest research in the anatomy, structure, physiology and functions of fascia. It then covers all clinical aspects of fascia, and  a variety of treatment techniques.

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Fascia in the Osteopathic Field, edited by Torsten LIEM, Paolo TOZZI, Anthony CHILA

The book aims to enable osteopaths and other manual practitioners and bodyworkers – to understand the importance of fascia and its relevance to their work by providing a comprehensive textbook covering history, nature, and properties [function] of fascia, and much more.
This comprehensive book covers all aspects of management of disorders that relate to/are mediated by the fascia with contributions from leading authorities, including Robert Schleip, Serge GracovertskyJean-Claude Guimberteau, Antonio Stecco, Tom Myers, Kenzo Kase, Bruno Chikly and many others.

598, with 230 illustrations and photographs.
Torsten Liem MSc DO is Joint Principal of the German School of Osteopathy, a practicing osteopath, lecturer in cranial osteopathy and head of several osteopathic MSc-programmes in Germany and Europe. He is the author and editor of several books and has written numerous articles. His core vision is the implementation of osteopathic principles in practice, and connecting them with the principles of classical Chinese medicine and yoga, and with psychological and energetic aspects.



Introduction Torsten Liem

Chapter 1 Objective: palpatory literacy Anthony G. Chila

Chapter 2 Fascial concepts in osteopathic history Jane E. Stark

Chapter 3 Nomenclature of fascia Werner Klingler, Julia Bierbaum, Robert Schleip

Chapter 4 The embryology of fascia: providing the capacity for movement and integrity Darrell J. R. Evans

Chapter 5 Histology of fascia Frans van den Berg


Introduction Torsten Liem

Chapter 6 Physiology of fascia Frans van den Berg

Chapter 7 Fascia as a sensory organ Robert Schleip

Chapter 8 The role of fascia in immunity and inflammation Lisa M. Hodge

Chapter 9 Pathophysiology of fascia Frans van den Berg

Chapter 10 The fascia as the organ of innerness: a holistic approach based upon a phenomenological embryology and morphology Jaap C. van der Wal

Chapter 11 Fascial mechanics: the physics of anatomy and function Serge Gracovetsky

Chapter 12 Tensegrity in the context of the myofascial network: its relevance to osteopathic practice David J. Hohenschurz-Schmidt

Chapter 13 The myofascial system and force transmission in the fascia Peter A. Huijing

Chapter 14 The ligamentous-myofascial system Michael J. Decker, Bradley S. Davidson


Introduction Paolo Tozzi

Chapter 15 General anatomy of fascia Jean-Claude Guimberteau

Chapter 16 The superficial fascia Antonio Stecco, Carla Stecco, Luigi Stecco

Chapter 17 Fascial anatomy of the trunk Peter J. Brechtenbreiter

Chapter 18 Fascial anatomy of the limbs Andrezj Pilat

Chapter 19 Fascial anatomy of the viscera Andrea Pasini, Antonio Stecco, Carla Stecco

Chapter 20 The diaphragm Michel Puylaert

Chapter 21 Anatomy of the dura mater Torsten Liem

Chapter 22 The fascia of the peripheral nervous system Michael Hamm


Introduction Anthony Chila, Paolo Tozzi

4.1 Therapeutic considerations

Chapter 23 The abilities of fascia Rüdiger C. Goldenstein, Patrick Van Den Heede

Chapter 24 Fascia and posture: from the biomechanical model to the neuromyofascial postural model Paolo Zavarella, Maurizio Zanardi, Christian Lunghi

Chapter 25 Fascia as a sensory organ: clinical applications Robert Schleip

Chapter 26 Touch related to fascia Maurice César

Chapter 27 Myofascial trigger points, sensitization, and chronic pain: evaluation and treatment Jay P. Shah, Nikki Thakker

Chapter 28 Nociception and pain of fascia Wilfrid Jänig, Winfried L. Neuhuber

Chapter 29 Mechanisms of fascial dysfunction and treatment Paolo Tozzi

Chapter 30 Ultrasound imaging of fascia and its clinical implications David Bongiorno

Chapter 31 Myofascial meridians in practice Thomas W. Myers

Chapter 32 The contractile field and fascia Phillip Beach

Chapter 33 The innervation of fascial tissues: focus on thin-caliber afferents and sympathetic efferents Winfried L. Neuhuber, Wilfrid Jänig

4.2 Manual techniques

Chapter 34 Myofascial release Carol J. Manheim

Chapter 35 The fascial distortion model originated by Stephen P. Typaldos George Harrer

Chapter 36 Practical application of the Still technique Christian Fossum

Chapter 37 Soft tissue work Laurie S. Hartmann

Chapter 38 Vibratory technique on fascial tissue Fabio Schröter

Chapter 39 The bioenergetic model of fascia as related to trauma Judith A. O’Connell

Chapter 40 Fascial unwinding technique Paolo Tozzi

Chapter 41 Myofascial induction therapy (MIT) Andrzej Pilat

Chapter 42 Strain and counterstrain in relation to fascia John C. Glover, William H. Devine

Chapter 43 Long leverage: a ‘new’ therapeutical approach to fascia Toscano-Jimenez, Cristina Gioja

Chapter 44 Balanced ligamentous tension technique (BLT) Paolo Tozzi, Cristian Ciranna-Raab

Chapter 45 Fascial manipulation® and the biomechanical model of the human fascial system Julie A. Day, Carla Stecco, Antonio Stecco

Chapter 46 Clinical integration of fascial approaches Christian Fossum

Chapter 47 Lympho-fascia release and viscerolymphatic approach to fascia Bruno Chikly

Chapter 48 Fascial treatment of the vascular system Ralf Vogt

Chapter 49 Skin – the key element in palpation of fascia: from an osteosophical conceptualization to research Jean-Marie A. T. Beuckels

Chapter 50 Jarricot’s dermalgia applied to fascia Michel Puylaert

Chapter 51 Understanding and approach to treatment of scars and adhesions Susan L. Chapelle

Chapter 52 Fascial taping Kenzo Kase

Chapter 53 Osteopathic treatment of the dura Torsten Liem

Chapter 54 The plexuses Serge Paoletti

Chapter 55 Techniques for body cavities Torsten Liem, Rüdiger C. Goldenstein, Patrick Van Den Heede