Overview

The fascial system is an extraordinary structure in our bodies that we are just beginning to understand.   A net like living tissue, it surrounds the bones, the nerves, the muscles, even the organs.  It is dynamic and changeable in shape. It supports the structures of the body and participates in dispersing the force of movement. 

The gliding of the muscles on each other as they work is a function of the fascia. This responsive tissue can be deformed or restricted by trauma or repetitive strain.  When that happens the muscles are not able to function at their best.  Pain and limited motion may result.  But the fascia can be reshaped, released, and changed back to a more responsive tissue with our hands.  Helping therapists learn how to release the impaired fascial structures is the purpose of this book.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Working with Fascia
  • Getting Started: Listen, Look, Feel
  • Pieces of the Puzzle
    • The Shoulder
    • The Neck
    • The Upper Extremity
    • Intermittent Tingling in the Hands
    • The Trunk
    • The Pelvis and Low Back
    • The Hip
    • Sciatica – Not always from a Disc
    • The Lower Extremity
  • Final Thoughts
  • Being a Therapist is Hard Work
  • References
  • Appendix
  • List of Releases by Patient Position

Examples of Illustrations in the Book

Fascia - 5

Fascia - 5  The thumb and the base of the palm on the lower hand is serving as an anchor hand and the flat of the fingers is slowly pulling away for the release.

Shoulder - 7

Shoulder - 7  Focusing on release of the lower trapezius at the inferior angle of the scapula

Neck - 2

Neck - 2  Superficially elongating restriction of the antero-lateral neck

UE - 9

UE - 9  Using the left thumb to anchor and the edge of the right thumb to open and soften along the flexor muscle bellies of the forearm.

Pelvis - 9

Pelvis - 9  Releasing restrictions between the spine and the iliac crest can open and balance the area.

LE - 10

LE - 10  Stabilize at the ankle and release with the palm and edge of the thumb up the anterior muscles of the lower leg.

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