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 I|95 pages


chapter 1|16 pages

De Fabrica Humani Corporis—Fascia as the Fabric of the Body

ByJaap van der Wal

chapter 2|12 pages

Fascial Anatomy

ByCarla Stecco

chapter 3|15 pages

The Fascial Net Plastination Project

ByRachelle L. Clauson

chapter 4|14 pages

Physiology of the Fascia

ByAntonio Stecco

chapter 5|9 pages

Innervation of Fascia

ByRobert Schleip

chapter 6|14 pages

Fascia and the Circulatory System

ByAnita Boser, Kirstin Schumaker

chapter 7|11 pages

Hormonal Effects on Fascia in Women

ByAngeli Maun Akey, Kathleen O’Neil-Smith

section II|77 pages


chapter 8|15 pages

Biotensegrity—The Structure of Life

ByJohn Sharkey

chapter 9|13 pages

Effects of Loading and Nutrition on Fascia

ByDanielle Steffen, Keith Baar

chapter 10|11 pages

Does Fascia Stretch?

ByChris Frederick

chapter 11|8 pages

The Fascial System in Walking

ByJames Earls

chapter 12|25 pages

Visual Assessment of Postural Antecedents to Nonspecific Low Back Pain

ByThomas W. Myers

section III|100 pages

Medical Applications

chapter 13|7 pages

Structural Integration

ByMichael Polon, Daniel Akins

chapter 14|18 pages

Anatomy Trains Structural Integration

ByJulie Hammond

chapter 15|9 pages

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy

History, Perspectives, and Treatment
ByRichard Finn

chapter 16|6 pages

Fascial Manipulation®

ByAntonio Stecco

chapter 17|13 pages

Fascial Stretch Therapy™

ByChris Frederick

chapter 18|16 pages

Scar Tissue Management

ByCatherine Ryan, Nancy Keeney-Smith

chapter 19|13 pages

Exercise and Fascial Movement Therapy for Cancer Survivors

Potential Benefits and Recommendations
ByP. J. O’Clair