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The book aims:

• To enable osteopaths – and other manual practitioners/bodyworkers – to understand the importance of fascia and its relevance to their work…..
• By providing a comprehensive textbook covering history, nature and properties [function] of fascia…
• And covering all aspects of osteopathic management of disorders that relate to/are mediated by the fascia…..
• Using contributions from leading authorities bearing in mind so far as possible the needs and interests of osteopaths.


Introduction Torsten Liem

Chapter 1 Objective: palpatory literacy Anthony G. Chila

Chapter 2 Fascial concepts in osteopathic history Jane E. Stark

Chapter 3 Nomenclature of fascia Werner Klingler, Julia Bierbaum, Robert Schleip

Chapter 4 The embryology of fascia: providing the capacity for movement and integrity Darrell J. R. Evans

Chapter 5 Histology of fascia Frans van den Berg


Introduction Torsten Liem

Chapter 6 Physiology of fascia Frans van den Berg

Chapter 7 Fascia as a sensory organ Robert Schleip

Chapter 8 The role of fascia in immunity and inflammation Lisa M. Hodge

Chapter 9 Pathophysiology of fascia Frans van den Berg

Chapter 10 The fascia as the organ of innerness: a holistic approach based upon a phenomenological embryology and morphology Jaap C. van der Wal

Chapter 11 Fascial mechanics: the physics of anatomy and function Serge Gracovetsky

Chapter 12 Tensegrity in the context of the myofascial network: its relevance to osteopathic practice David J. Hohenschurz-Schmidt

Chapter 13 The myofascial system and force transmission in the fascia Peter A. Huijing

Chapter 14 The ligamentous-myofascial system Michael J. Decker, Bradley S. Davidson


Introduction Paolo Tozzi

Chapter 15 General anatomy of fascia Jean-Claude Guimberteau

Chapter 16 The superficial fascia Antonio Stecco, Carla Stecco, Luigi Stecco

Chapter 17 Fascial anatomy of the trunk Peter J. Brechtenbreiter

Chapter 18 Fascial anatomy of the limbs Andrezj Pilat

Chapter 19 Fascial anatomy of the viscera Andrea Pasini, Antonio Stecco, Carla Stecco

Chapter 20 The diaphragm Michel Puylaert

Chapter 21 Anatomy of the dura mater Torsten Liem

Chapter 22 The fascia of the peripheral nervous system Michael Hamm


Introduction Anthony Chila, Paolo Tozzi

4.1 Therapeutic considerations

Chapter 23 The abilities of fascia Rüdiger C. Goldenstein, Patrick Van Den Heede

Chapter 24 Fascia and posture: from the biomechanical model to the neuromyofascial postural model Paolo Zavarella, Maurizio Zanardi, Christian Lunghi

Chapter 25 Fascia as a sensory organ: clinical applications Robert Schleip

Chapter 26 Touch related to fascia Maurice César

Chapter 27 Myofascial trigger points, sensitization, and chronic pain: evaluation and treatment Jay P. Shah, Nikki Thakker

Chapter 28 Nociception and pain of fascia Wilfrid Jänig, Winfried L. Neuhuber

Chapter 29 Mechanisms of fascial dysfunction and treatment Paolo Tozzi

Chapter 30 Ultrasound imaging of fascia and its clinical implications David Bongiorno

Chapter 31 Myofascial meridians in practice Thomas W. Myers

Chapter 32 The contractile field and fascia Phillip Beach

Chapter 33 The innervation of fascial tissues: focus on thin-caliber afferents and sympathetic efferents Winfried L. Neuhuber, Wilfrid Jänig

4.2 Manual techniques

Chapter 34 Myofascial release Carol J. Manheim

Chapter 35 The fascial distortion model originated by Stephen P. Typaldos George Harrer

Chapter 36 Practical application of the Still technique Christian Fossum

Chapter 37 Soft tissue work Laurie S. Hartmann

Chapter 38 Vibratory technique on fascial tissue Fabio Schröter

Chapter 39 The bioenergetic model of fascia as related to trauma Judith A. O’Connell

Chapter 40 Fascial unwinding technique Paolo Tozzi

Chapter 41 Myofascial induction therapy (MIT) Andrzej Pilat

Chapter 42 Strain and counterstrain in relation to fascia John C. Glover, William H. Devine

Chapter 43 Long leverage: a ‘new’ therapeutical approach to fascia Toscano-Jimenez, Cristina Gioja

Chapter 44 Balanced ligamentous tension technique (BLT) Paolo Tozzi, Cristian Ciranna-Raab

Chapter 45 Fascial manipulation® and the biomechanical model of the human fascial system Julie A. Day, Carla Stecco, Antonio Stecco

Chapter 46 Clinical integration of fascial approaches Christian Fossum

Chapter 47 Lympho-fascia release and viscerolymphatic approach to fascia Bruno Chikly

Chapter 48 Fascial treatment of the vascular system Ralf Vogt

Chapter 49 Skin – the key element in palpation of fascia: from an osteosophical conceptualization to research Jean-Marie A. T. Beuckels

Chapter 50 Jarricot’s dermalgia applied to fascia Michel Puylaert

Chapter 51 Understanding and approach to treatment of scars and adhesions Susan L. Chapelle

Chapter 52 Fascial taping Kenzo Kase

Chapter 53 Osteopathic treatment of the dura Torsten Liem

Chapter 54 The plexuses Serge Paoletti

Chapter 55 Techniques for body cavities Torsten Liem, Rüdiger C. Goldenstein, Patrick Van Den Heede

Additional information

Format Paperback, eBook
ISBN 978-1-909141-27-8
Edition no 1
Pages 598
Illustrations About 230 line illustrations and photographs.
Dimensions 246 x 189 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 13 March 2017

Author biography

Torsten Liem MSc DO is Joint Principal of the German School of Osteopathy, a practising osteopath, lecturer in cranial osteopathy and head of several osteopathic MSc-programmes in Germany and Europe. He is the author and editor of several books and has written numerous articles. Torsten Liem is organiser of the international osteopathy symposia in Berlin; founder of an osteopathic teaching clinic and of the charitably financed centre for paediatric osteopathy in Hamburg. A board member of the German and European Societies of Pediatric Osteopathy, Torsten Liem is also co-founder and coeditor of the journal Osteopathische Medizin (Elsevier), member of the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, and co-founder of Breathe Yoga. His core vision is the implementation of osteopathic principles in practice, and connecting them with the principles of classical Chinese medicine and yoga, and with psychological and energetic aspects.

Paolo Tozzi MSc Ost, DO, PT is Principal of the First Italian School of Veterinary Osteopathy, Vice-Principal of the Italian Association of Posturologists, former Treasurer of the Osteopathic European Academic Network (OsEAN), and former Vice Principal of CROMON, the Centre for Holistic Research in Osteopathy and Natural Medicine, Rome. He lectures widely on osteopathy, biomechanics and manual therapy, and organized the first international congress on veterinary osteopathy (Rome 2012).

Dr Chila graduated in osteopathy in 1965. After 11 years in general practice he embarked on an academic career teaching first at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and latterly at Ohio University, where he was Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine for 10 years. Dr Chila has been active as office holder in the American Osteopathic Association and other national groups, and was recognized as Educator of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation in 2013. His many writing and editorial activities include the executive editorship of the third edition of the standard textbook Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine.

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