Fascial Manipulation for Musculoskeletal Pain presents to all people dealing with Rehabilitation a new therapeutic tool that gives very good results for the treatment of musculoskeletal pathologies. Such pathologies usually involve joints, nerves, muscles, yet a proper therapy should first of all focus on the most malleable tissue: the fascia. Fascial manipulation is indeed the best treatment for the rehabilitation of patients affected by myofascial pain and fribromyalgia, which are the most common impairments reported by patients to Rheumathologists.
Sport physicians and Physical Education Teachers as well take often care of athletes suffering from musculoskeletal recurrent diseases. In this book they will find the necessary know-how to efficiently take care of the underlying myofascial structures. By knowing the origin of the problem, they’ll be able to give proper instructions to modify the athletic gesture and prevent recurrences. As Acupuncture researchers have found, there is a parallelism between the meridian path and the nerves, veins, and lymphatic vessels paths. The Author’s innovative proposal in Fascial Manipulation is that each space direction corresponds to a meridian. Hence the motor impairment towards a certain direction can be a guide to locate the blocked point to treat. Last but not least Family Physicians, who are daily confronted with patients suffering from musculoskeletal pain, will find in Luigi Stecco’s book the opportunity to go beyond the usual radiological exams and drug prescription by inserting also manipulation in their therapeutic approach.
The fascia, with both its macroscopic and microscopic structure, is the map that can help to orientate any research into the origin of the locomotor apparatus disorders. This book, which is the outcome of thousands of treatments carried out over the last twenty-five years, provides the necessary guidelines for reading this map. Up until now, perhaps due to its intrinsic complexity, the role of the fascia has been relegated to that of containment.
The book illustrates:
– The connections of the fascia with muscles, bones, articulations, and nerves (anatomy of the fascia)
– The coordinating function of the fascia with regards to all components of the locomotor apparatus (physiology of the fascia)
– The way to manipulate densified or condensed fascia in order to restore it to its physiological state (treatment of the fascia).
This new vision of the anatomy, physiology and histology of the fascia allows one to have an effect on soft tissue dysfunctions in an efficient and long-lasting manner.