Prof. Carla Stecco - orthopaedic surgeon and professor of anatomy and sport activities - brings together the research of a multi-specialist team of researchers and clinicians consisting of anatomists, biomechanical engineers, physiotherapists, osteopaths and plastic surgeons. In this Atlas Prof. Stecco presents for the first time a global view of fasciae and the actual connections that describe the myofascial kinetic chains. These descriptions help to explain how fascia plays a part in myofascial dysfunction and disease as well as how it may alter muscle function and disturb proprioceptive input. Prof. Stecco also highlights the continuity of the fascial planes, explaining the function of the fasciae and their connection between muscles, nerves and blood vessels. This understanding will help guide the practitioner in selecting the proper technique for a specific fascial problem with a view to enhancing manual therapy methods.
Functional Atlas of the Human Fascial System opens with the first chapter classifying connective tissue and explaining its composition in terms of percentages of fibres, cells and extracellular matrix. The second chapter goes on to describe the general characteristics of the superficial fascia from a macroscopic and microscopic point of view; while the third analyzes the deep fascia in the same manner. The subsequent five chapters describe the fasciae from a topographical perspective. In this part of the Atlas, common anatomical terminology is used throughout to refer to the various fasciae but it also stresses the continuity of fasciae between the different bodily regions.
1 Connective tissues
2 Subcutaneous tissue and superficial fascia
3 Deep fasciae
4 Fasciae of the head and neck
5 Fasciae of thorax and abdomen
6 Fasciae of the back
7 Fasciae of the upper limb
8 Fasciae of the lower limb
Carla Stecco is co-author of the book "Manipolazione fasciale: parte pratica di Luigi Stecco and Carla Stecco (Piccin, Padova, 2007), translated into English as "Fascial Manipulation: practical part by Luigi and Carla Stecco, 2009, Piccin, Italy
Author of two chapters ("Manipolazione fasciale", pp. 56-59 and "Manipolazione fasciale nel trattamento dei reumatismi extrarticolari", pp. 282-287) in the book "La riabilitazione integrata delle patologie reumatiche of Nava T. (2006), Masson ed., Milano.
Author of three chapters in the book "Fascia in Manual Therapy by Schleip, Findley, Chaitow & Huijing, Elsevier (in press)
Published extensively in a variety of journals