Publication date: January 2009
Price: 120,00 €
Piccin Code: 1931462
Book in english
In recent years, orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists, osteopaths, physiatrists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, and other researchers are acknowledging that many complaints of the locomotor apparatus originate from the fascia. Various therapeutic approaches act on these tissues, even though they often employ quite different modalities. Some techniques use rapid stretch (thrust), others slow stretching, some microinjections (mesotherapy) and yet others use a more generalised manipulation (such as Rolfing). Nevertheless, there is still limited knowledge of the anatomy of the fascia. Throughout our experience in teaching courses of Fascial Manipulation©, we have often been questioned about the actual structure of the fascia. Commonly conceived as a rather vague, poorly defined
tissue, it is difficult to comprehend also due to its conspicuous absence or, at best, scarce representtation in most available anatomical atlases. Consequently, we carried out extensive anatomical research into the fascia of the human body at the Anatomy Institute of the René Descartes University
in Paris. These anatomical studies demonstrated that various types of fasciae exist within the human body, thereby justifying the need for different treatment
modalities. The Fascial Manipulation© method is based on treatment of specific points that often coincide with the localisation of acupuncture points. In fact, traditional Chinese medicine has shown that by acting on precise points (acupoints) it is possible to have lasting, and often permanent, therapeutic effects.
However, in order to select these points, the practice of tongue and pulse diagnosis, together with other criteria, tends to result in standardised treatments.
We have found that by combining specific movement tests with precise anatomical information it is possible to determine exactly which points are responsible
for any given dysfunction. This research, together with more than thirty years of theoretical studies, clinical observation and practice, has led to the formulation of the Fascial Manipulation© method. The theoretical principles of this method have already been illustrated in one of our previous works (Manipolazione della Fascia, Piccin, 2002; English edition: Fascial Manipulation, Piccin, 2004). In particular, we considered the muscular fibre insertions onto the fascia, highlighting their anatomical distribution according to precise motor directions, somewhat comparable to myokinetic chains and acupuncture meridians. The purpose of this manual is to provide practical indications to facilitate the treatment of the fascia. This text is the fruit of an ever-growing number of requests, from students attending Fascial Manipulation © courses for a unified text. It describes the topographical location of all the points, the respective movement tests and the modality of treatment for each point. In order to manipulate the fascia it is essential to know the exact location of the points, to perform the movement examinations correctly and to position the patient appropriately for each treatment. We hope that this new book will help all of those engaged in learning the method of Fascial Manipulation © to obtain satisfactory results in their clinical practices, as well as improving comprehension of the anatomical substratum of the superficial, deep and epimysial fascia because, as we like to say, only a knowledgeable hand is potent or “Manus sapiens potens est”.
Padova, December 2008