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Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body: The science and clinical applications in manual and movement therapy, 1e 1st Edition

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"A very in-depth resource ideal for professionals with an interest in fascia & human movement, the book offers comprehensive coverage ranging from clinical conditions & associated therapies, to recent developed research techniques."

International Therapy, January 2013 (Issue 103)

"This book provdies a comprehensive collation of information regarding fasica by authors and contributors from diverse clinical and professional backgrounds. The text covers the structure and function of fasica, the related disorders, an indepth overview of therapies through to their applications. The most up-to-date research techniques are discussed along with directions for furture research...In short, this is a book that will become a classic text and should find its way onto the bookshelf of anyone with a therapeutic interest in the humnan body."

Posture and Mobility, January 2013

"The editors have successfully integrated current scientific knowledge of fascial anatomy and physiology with clinical applicationas...Helpful videos are available via the book's website to complement some of the chapters...The website also provides opportunity to report typographical errors, and as a first edition of a very wide subject, these are probably unavoidable...The book should be of interest to various health practitioners, including physiotherapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors, to improve understanding of different clinical concepts while not aiming to provide detailed information regarding specfic manipulative techniques."

Physical Therapy Review, October 2013

About the Author

Dr. Robert Schleip is Director of the Fascia Research Group at Ulm University, Germany. In addition he serves as Research Director for the European Rolfing Association and maintains a part-time private practice as certified Rolfing practitioner as well as Feldenkrais teacher. He holds an M.A. degree in psychology from Heidelberg University, as well as a Ph.D. in Human Biology from Ulm University. Together with colleagues, his input and inspiration was instrumental in getting the first international Fascia Research Congress in 2007 started, as well as the subsequent congresses. His own research work on active fascial contractility was honored with the Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine.

Dr. Findley has extensive training in complementary medicine, beginning with training in acupuncture while a medical student at Georgetown in 1975. He maintains an active clinical practice as a Certified Advanced Practitioner of Rolfing Structural Integration in addition to his research activities as Associate Director of the Center for Healthcare Knowledge Management, New Jersey VA Healthcare System. He is also Director of Research for the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration.

Leon Chaitow ND DO is an internationally known and respected osteopathic and naturopathic practitioner and teacher of soft tissue manipulation methods of treatment. He is author of over 60 books, including a series on Advanced Soft Tissue Manipulation (Muscle Energy Techniques, Positional Release Techniques, Modern Neuromuscular Techniques) and also Palpation Skills; Cranial
Manipulation: Theory and Practice; Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Practitioner’s Guide to Treatment, and many more. He is editor of the peer reviewed Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, that offers a multidisciplinary perspective on physical methods of patient care. Leon Chaitow was for many years senior lecturer on the Therapeutic Bodywork degree courses which he helped to design at the School of Integrated Health, University of Westminster, London, where is he now an Honorary Fellow. He continues to teach and practice part-time in London, when not in Corfu, Greece where he focuses on his writing.

Professor Peter Huijing has forty years experience in teaching biomechanics, physiology and anatomy of the locomotor apparatus to students of a great variety of backgrounds, ranging from medical students to students of human movement sciences and bioengineers. Professor Huijing has performed teaching and tutoring duties at the introductory level as well as intermediate, PhD, and post-doctorate levels. He is co-author of a textbook Inleiding van de Kinesiology van de Mens (translation - Introduction to Human Kinesiology) Educaboek, Culemborg, The Netherlands (1983) which was later fully revised (1990, 1996) and published by Wolters, Groningen. Professor Huijing has also been co-editor of several congress proceedings and his intensive research activities in the fields of functional anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of muscle and its related tissues has led to over 200 journal peer reviewed articles between 1981 and 2012 among which are several review papers. In the same period, a similar quantity of other single authored and co-authored contributions were published in congress proceedings, books etc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 566 pages
  • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 1 edition (April 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0702034258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0702034251
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body

Robert Schleip, Thomas W. Findley, Leon Chaitow, Peter A. Huijing

Elsevier London 2012 ISBN # 978-0-7020-3425-1

The just released and long-anticipated book on fascia is a noteworthy accomplishment inspired in part by the 2007, 2009, and 2012 International Fascia Congresses in which researchers from diverse fields and a great variety of hands-on clinicians came together to explore emergent research and clinical application. The amount of published papers has significantly increased in the recent past. The book has 78 contributors from a vast sweep of scientific and clinical expertise addressing in 515 pages, hence a very broad appeal to many clinicians, anatomists, biomechanists, and many other researchers. The book is comprised of eight parts: anatomy, neurology, physiology, pathology, diagnostic procedure, therapies, and research, communicated within 67 sub-chapters. Rather than include a DVD the reader can access online videos that nicely accompany the text. The website presents some information on the book, though the actual videos require a code from the book. See [...] It is with apology this reviewer must state that this is a most difficult review as there are many unique chapters, such that one cannot readily do justice to them. A random sample of sub-chapters support this, in general cover the following topics; general anatomy, fascia as an organ of communication, proprioception, force transmission, physiology, fluid dynamics in fascial tissue, fascial palpation, a good overview of osteopathic fascial therapies, a most interesting therapeutic technique chapter on Gua Sha, neurodynamics, fascial fitness, and scientific research and process, and many others.
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I am about 75% through with this text. In an ideal world anyone doing body work should understand what the new science of fascia has to offer in terms of comprehension of what it is we really do. Concepts of tensegrity are fleshed out. The complex interplay of forces that appear to be involved in intermuscular mechanical transduction and neural communication are introduced. Musculoskeletal anatomy as taught during my training in the early eighties is shown to be an artifact of dissection technique. The basic science is fabulous. That being said, the reader has to want this information as it is a textbook and not an easy read, far better than research articles as the pearls have been sifted out for you.

I found the fascia oriented technique specific articles to be too general to be of much clinical use, but they provide enough information to be able to carry on a conversation with manual therapists with different training and theoretical backgrounds.
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During the last ten years the research on the human fascial tissue has dramatically increased. Until then "only" therapists of all kinds of bodywork followed the tracks of pioneers in the fields of osteopathy and structural integration (Rolfing etc.). Nowadays many biologists, medical doctors and people working on Life Sciences are fascinated about the immense significance of the tensional network of connective tissue for the functions of the human body. The editors of the book to be reviewed Robert Schleip, Thomas W.Findley, Leon Chaitow and Peter A. Huijing made essential contributions to the research which was done during the last years.

With this piece of work the editors offer a comprehensive standard work about fascia. It starts with the anatomy of the fascial body as an organ of communication, then describes physiology and fascia-related discorders, presents diagnostic prodedures for fascial elasticity, introduces in fascia-oriented therapies and finally provides insights into the cutting-edge research of the present time.

This compendium of informations is a tremendous benefit as well for practitioners as for scientifically working people.
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This books features cutting edge science on Fasica (as of 2012). It is, however, boring. Very boring. And I say this from an OBJECTIVE perspective. The production values are high. The book is well made in terms of editing and design of content. But you simply can't find anything of interest here unless you're looking for it. In case you are in need for reference material and/or scientific information on the subject of Fascia, then this book is a gold mine. This book is certainly not intended for "normal people", though. It's one huge pile of research, and was put together for a very specific research community. While people outside the medical and body-therapy communities (such as myself) may also benefit from reading it, do make sure that this is what you were looking for before making your purchase. Also beware that very good foundations in Anatomy are essential for understanding the content.
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This book is a must-have for all practitioners who work with soft-tissue pain of any origin. It is an excellent compilation of the greatest minds in all disciplines that deal with soft tissue dysfunction.
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Sometime we hurt when we move. Traditional medical investigation looks to what can be seen on images (x-ray, MRI, CAT discogram). Even some chiropractors and physical therapists defer to the finding from these images, or assess and treat a movement segment in isolation.

This work gives us a new and much needed perspective on the interdependence of movement with fascial being a connecting link. If we consider this and other emerging evidence we can no longer address neck pain, shoulder pain or low back pain without considering the quality of movement at the thoracic spine.
This should be a requires text in Medical Education and related fields. See also Anatomy Trains (T. Myers) and Movement (G. Cook)
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