Atlas of Physiology of the Muscular Fascia

In this book Luigi Stecco provides a comprehensive description of the physiology of fascia: how it behaves in normal circumstances, as well as how to accurately and systematically identify both the nature and location of fascial dysfunction.


In order to understand the complexity fascial function and dysfunction, it is necessary to have an accurate appreciation of the constituents that make up these ubiquitous and versatile tissues, as well as of their coordinated physiological interactions and behaviours.

In this extensive and detailed text, Luigi Stecco offers practical insights that merge appreciation of the anatomy and physiology of the multiple elements that make up myofascial biomechanical structures and how these operate in the body to produce integrated stability and movement, when operating normally.
Most importantly, from a clinical perspective, he then describes a wide range of reasoned functional assessment protocols that are able to identify and localize
dysfunctional fascial features, whether these involve unidirectional, bidirectional or multidirectional myofascial actions and activities.
Symptoms associated with altered motor control, reduced ranges of motion and/or pain, may result from dysfunctional fascial features, including increased local densification (tissue stiffness) and/or altered sliding functions. Importantly, such changes can be largely reversible.

This atlas aims at combining, through their fascial interactions, the anatomy of muscles with the physiology of muscle spindles and Golgi tendon organs. In particular, it seeks to:

  •  incorporate all the motor units implementing a specific movement in the myofascial unit;
  • describe the myofascial sequences moving and maintaining body posture in all three spatial planes
  • underline the interaction between the spindles and the fascia (stretch refl ex) for the management of motor schemes; explain the role of fascia in the physiology of global motor gesture

“In this beautifully illustrated work Luigi Stecco has distilled his years of research into a carefully-crafted textbook that offers insights and practical guidelines, that are of immense potential value to practitioners and therapists of all schools – and for this, he deserves our praise and profound thanks.” – Leon Chaitow.

394 pages, Hard Cover.