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Fascial Manipulation for Musculoskeletal Pain

$89.95 $75.00

Few books achieve the fond hopes of their authors and their admirers. This is just one that succeeds, making a genuine and profound contribution to the fields of biomechanics, orthopedics and rehabilitation. It moves with easy grace from any topic to its neighbor, shedding warmth and life to them all. As one who has experienced both the high and low points of medical writing and editing over several decades, I see in these pages a true work of genius. It deserves a very wide readership and enthusiastic application of its lessons.

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The fascia, with both its macroscopic and microscopic structure, is the map that can help to orientate any research into the origin of locomotor apparatus’ disorders. This book by Luigi Stecco, which is the outcome of thousands of treatments carried out over the last twenty-five years, provides the necessary guidelines for reading this map. Up until now, perhaps due to its intrinsic complexity, the role of the fascia has been relegated to that of containment.

The book illustrates:

  • The connections of the fascia with muscles, bones, articulations and nerves (anatomy of the fascia),
  • The coordinating function of the fascia with regards to all components of the locomotor apparatus (physiology of the fascia),
  • The way to manipulate densified or condensed fascia in order to restore it to its physiological state (treatment of the fascia).
  • This new vision of the anatomy, physiology and histology of the fascia allows one to have an effect on soft tissue dysfunctions in an efficient and long-lasting manner.
  • This book specially imported from Italy is in Hard Cover, 252 pages, and 188 colour illustrations. Sample the book

Fascial Manipulation is a manual therapy that requires a good knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Only by comprehending the origin of a problem, one can resolve the problem rapidly and efficiently (Manus sapiens potens est). The wellbeing of any organ depends on the balance that exists between its components. Fascial Manipulation analyses muscles from a functional viewpoint rather than from their external structure:

  • It assembles unidirectional motor units (mono and biarticular fibres) into myofascial units,
  • It describes the precise location of the centre of coordination (CC) of each myofascial unit,
  • It highlights the correspondence that exists between each cc and the respective trigger points and acupuncture points of each muscle.

In the first part of this book the relationship of the endomysium, perimysium and epimysium with the deep fascia is analysed; this analysis is extended to all of the 84 myofascial units (mf) in the human body. It is the continuity of the fascia that regulates and coordinates the tensioning of the muscles spindles and Golgi tendon organs located within each of these mf units.

In the second part the macroscopic structure of the fascia is analysed. The intermuscular septa form compartments that surround the unidirectional muscular chains or myofascial sequences. The mf sequences that control movement on one spatial plane are all connected together by the fascia, allowing for synchronised maintenance of the body’s verticality.

The third part of the book highlights the arrangement of the endofascial collagen fibres. There are longitudinal fibres arranged according to the traction of the mf sequences as well as spiral form fibres, which have assumed this type of arrangement due to traction of the oblique muscle fibres involved in complex motor activities.

Few books achieve the fond hopes of their authors and their admirers. This is just one that succeeds, making a genuine and profound contribution to the fields of biomechanics, orthopedics and rehabilitation. It moves with easy grace from any topic to its neighbor, shedding warmth and life to them all. As one who has experienced both the high and low points of medical writing and editing over several decades, I see in these pages a true work of genius. It deserves a very wide readership and enthusiastic application of its lessons. John V. Basmajian Professor Emeritus in Medicine, McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario, Canada