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Fascial Manipulation for Internal Dysfunction
This book presents a series of treatment approaches for numerous dysfunctions of the internal apparatus and systems.
Fascial Manipulation for Internal Dysfunction by Luigi Stecco & Carla Stecco
This book presents a series of treatment approaches for numerous dysfunctions of the internal apparatus and systems. An apparatus is formed by individual organs that collaborate together for a single function. A system is the union of parts that are organised in a similar manner and which extend throughout the entire body.
Fascial Manipulation (FM) for the musculoskeletal system acts on the muscular fascia and the somatic (voluntary) nervous system via muscle spindles. Fascial Manipulation for Internal Dysfunctions (FMID) aims to restore function within the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. For dysfunctions within the components of the musculoskeletal system (joints, muscles, ligaments, etc.), strategies suitable for rebalancing the myofascial (MF) unit, the MF sequence, or the MF spiral are employed.
This is the first book that provide an overview of all the internal fasciae. Furthermore, it proposes a biomechanical model that defines the specific relations between organs, fasciae and musculoskeletal muscles. This is supported by beautiful images of dissection that help to comprehend these relations.
This new book is specially imported from Italy, in Hard Cover, full colour, 350 pages, with more than 200 colour photographs.
Foreword by Jean-Pierre Barral
I was more than happy to write this foreword to ‘Fascial Manipulation for Internal Dysfunctions’ by Luigi Stecco, because I have always encouraged manual therapies dealing with internal dysfunctions. My enthusiasm derives from the extraordinary results I obtain using “Visceral Manipulation”, the method I have developed from my experiences as an osteopath. In recent years, many scholars have shifted their attention from the organs to their surrounding fasciae, but this is the first book that provide an overview of all the internal fasciae. Furthermore, it proposes a biomechanical model that defines the specific relations between organs, fasciae and musculoskeletal muscles and is supported by beautiful images of dissection that help to comprehend these relations.
I would like to underline the clarity with which Stecco has described the autonomic system and its affiliation with internal fasciae. See in this light, the autonomic system no longer represents an incomprehensible chaos. Moreover, it becomes a sort of peripheral brain, regulating the functions of different organs perfectly, thanks to its interactions with the visceral fasciae.
I sincerely hope that therapists, medical doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors, and researchers will take the proposals in this book into consideration, both in order to realise the potential our hands possess to cure many internal dysfunctions, as well as to ascertain the validity of these ideas.
‘Fascial Manipulation for Internal Dysfunctions’ certainly provides a simple but effective biomechanical model for guiding the therapist’s hand in unravelling the chaos of fascial anatomy. To quote the Fascial Manipulation motto: manus sapiens potens est – a knowledgeable hand is powerful.
This text is divided into three parts. In the first part, single organs and their connections with their surrounding fasciae are discussed. Together these structures form o-f units. Intramural and extramural autonomic ganglia of the enteric system are inserted within the o-f units’ fasciae. Organ peristalsis can be restored by acting on the tensile structures forming the four segments (neck, thorax, lumbar, and pelvis) of the trunk wall.
In the second part, the apparatus are studied. Fascial sequences connect the organs of a single apparatus together. Extensive autonomic nerve plexuses are arranged along these apparatus-fascial sequences. The treatment of apparatus focuses on the forces that invest the entire trunk wall (catenaries and distal tensors).
In the third part, the systems are analysed. Examples of systems are the nervous system, the immune system, the thermoregulatory system and the metabolic system. Systems are composed of internal and external components that are connected to the superficial fascia. Prevertebral and Paraver tebral autonomic ganglia modulate the activity of the internal organs in response to variations in the external environment. Treatment of the systems focuses on quadrants of the superficial fascia. These quadrants can act as a peripheral receptors for the internal autonomic ganglia.