1st Edition

Fascia, Function, and Medical Applications

Edited By David Lesondak Copyright 2021
    299 Pages
    by CRC Press

    299 Pages
    by CRC Press


    Fascia, Function, and Medical Applications is essential reading for medical and allied health practitioners who want to bring scientific insights of the importance of fascia to human health into their clinical practices.

    Fascia – the biodynamic tissue that connects every muscle, bone, organ, and nerve in the body – is fast becoming the latest trend in healthcare and allied health modalities. This book is edited by David Lesondak, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, author of the international bestseller Fascia: What it is and why it matters, and Angeli Maun Akey, MD, international physician educator and board certified in both internal and integrative medicine. It contains contributions from a team of top researchers and expert practitioners including physicians, clinicians, therapists, dissectors, and surgeons.

    Fully illustrated in color, this book presents the latest scientific knowledge of fascia and explains insights into problems like chronic pain and myriad musculoskeletal symptoms that may not respond to conventional treatments. It gives practitioners the information they need to make better decisions to improve the health of patients often without pharmaceuticals or surgeries.


    • Provides comprehensive overview of how fascia, as a tissue and a system, affects various body functions and systems, from musculoskeletal disorders to nervous system, circulatory, and auto-immune function.

    • A section devoted to medical applications highlights a comprehensive and critical overview of various fascial therapies.

    • Gives practitioners the knowledge they need to refer or add as an adjunct therapy to their department or rehabilitation team.

    This is a cutting-edge, practical guide that will appeal to researchers, physicians, and clinicians alike.

    Section 1: Fascia

    1. De Fabrica Humani Corporis – Fascia as the Fabric of the Body

    Jaap van der Wal

    2. Fascial Anatomy 

    Carla Stecco

    3. The Fascial Net Plastination Project

    Rachelle L. Clauson

    4. Physiology of the Fascia

    Antonio Stecco

    5. Innervation of Fascia

    Robert Schleip

    6. Fascia and the Circulatory System

    Anita Boser and Kirstin Schumaker

    7 .Hormonal Effects on Fascia in Women

    Angeli Akey and Kathleen O'Neil-Smith


    Section 2: Function

    8. Biotensegrity – The Structure of Life

    John Sharkey

    9. Effects of Loading and Nutrition on Fascia

    Keith Baar and Danielle Steffen

    10. Does Fascia Stretch?

    Chris Frederick

    11. The Fascial System in Walking

    James Earls

    12. Visual Assessment of Postural Antecedents to Non-Specific Low Back Pain

    Thomas w Myers

    Section 3: Medical Applications

    Interstitial Notes

    David Lesondak

    13. Structural Integration

    Michael Polon and Daniel Akins

    14. Anatomy Trains Structural Integration

    Julie Hammond

    15. Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy: History, Perspectives, and Treatment

    Richard Finn

    16. Fascial Manipulation

    Antonio Stecco

    17. Fascial Stretch Therapy

    Chris Frederick

    18. Scar Tissue Management

    Catherine Ryan and Nancy Keeney-Smith

    19. Exercise and Fascial Movement Therapy for Cancer Survivors: Potential Benefits and Recommendation

    PJ O’Clair

    20. Clinical Foundations and Applications for Self-Myofascial Release with Balls, Rollers, and Tools 

    Jill Miller


    David Lesondak

    "This is a must-have book for all fascia-inspired health professionals. A great achievement from all involved. I can highly recommend it.“

    -- Dr. Robert Schleip, Director of the Fascia Research Group, Division of Neurophysiology at the University of Ulm