The fasciae comprise a wide variety of body tissues including the membranes, ligaments, tendons, and mesenteries. These tissues are all derived from the mesoderm, which undergoes coiling or rolling movements during embryonic development. This is the origin of the inherent micro-movements, or motility, that are so important in many osteopathic approaches to diagnosis and treatment.
The fasciae are found at every level of the body and constitute a basic element of human physiology. They serve as the body's first line of defense, acting independently of the central nervous system, which is why they are referred to as a “peripheral brain.”
From a mechanical point of view, the fasciae are organized in chains to defend the body against restrictions. When a restriction goes beyond a specific threshold, the fasciae respond by modifying their viscoelasticity, changing the collagenic fibers, and transforming healthy fascial chains into lesional chains.
The fasciae keep a record of every trauma that causes a change in motility. Through the sensitivity of trained hands, we are able to perceive movements on a micro-level and can thus detect motility disturbances, which reveal the medical history of a patient. Remedial techniques, adapted to each patient, can restore normal motility. In this way, fascial disturbances can be overcome, allowing the body to recover its normal physiological functions. For this reason, we can say that the health of every person is reflected in large part in the fasciae.
The Fasciae: Anatomy, Dysfunction and Treatment is the first book to organize the wealth of available information concerning fascial tissues from the fields of embryology, anatomy, histology, and pathology. It describes the roles and mechanisms of the fasciae, and details appropriate testing and treatment techniques. The book is richly illustrated with color and black and white drawings throughout.
Anatomy of the Fasciae
Connective Tissue Anatomy at the Microscopic Level
The Roles of the Fasciae
Treating the Fasciae
"The most comprehensive organization and presentation of the current knowledge about fascia. … This is a well-done book, and a valuable reference for anyone interested in fascia. I would happily recommend it for the libraries of all Rolfers and other structural integration practitioners."
BOOK - Fascial Decoding; Fascia: At the Heart of Manual Therapy Numerous studies have shown the importance of fascia in the organization and functioning of the body: its mechanical role is essential, as well as its interrelation with physiological and biochemical phenomena. Fascia connects all the structures of the body. Inside the cell, it extends into the nucleus by way of microfilaments and microtubules and, through them and via the mechanoconduction phenomena, fascia manages the organization of the cell. We emerge from a single cell possessing a hereditary memory, which then creates billions of cells. This indicates that each cell is capable of memory and that this memory is omnipresent, even at the peripheral levels of the body. Fascia is a privileged support of memory and a vector of psychosomatics and the psyche.
Online Video-for your computer or digital device-There are no manual therapy techniques without fascial participation and fascia is the link between all the different modalities. Join renowned osteopath, and author of The Fasciae: Anatomy, Dysfunction and Treatment, Serge Paoletti, DO (UK), as he discusses the role that fascia plays in manual therapy.
CHART - Fascial interconnectedness is at the heart of CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Neural Manipulation, Total Body Balancing, Fascial Balancing, and many other manual therapies. This trifold reference chart, developed with Tad Wanveer, LMBT, CST-D, shows fascia as the body’s foundational substance in a clear, detailed, and fascinating manner. It illustrates how fascial distortions alter the musculoskeletal system, organs, brain, and spinal cord, and even all the way into the smallest units of the body.
CHART - Fascial interconnectedness is at the heart of CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Neural Manipulation, and Total Body Balancing. This wall chart shows fascia as the body’s foundational substance in an easy and clear manner. It illustrates how fascial distortions alter the musculoskeletal system, organs, brain, and the spinal cord.
EBOOK-for your computer or digital device- The Fasciae: Anatomy, Dysfunction and Treatment is the first book to organize the wealth of available information concerning fascial tissues from the fields of embryology, anatomy, histology, and pathology. It describes the roles and mechanisms of the fasciae, and details appropriate testing and treatment techniques. The book is richly illustrated with color and black and white drawings throughout.