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Int J Ther Massage Bodywork. 2009 Dec 7;2(4):3-8.

Communicating about fascia: history, pitfalls, and recommendations.

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University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA; Vrije University, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Abstract

The modern reader and author need to be aware of possible ambiguities and misunderstandings stemming from different meanings of the word "fascia" because the general meaning of the term can be so vague as to imply little more than some form of connective tissue. "Fascia" encompasses both loose and dense, superficial and deep, and multiple- and single-layered connective tissues. To foster communication, we here suggest twelve specific terms to describe specified aspects of fascial tissue:Dense connective tissueAreolar connective tissueSuperficial fasciaDeep fasciaIntermuscular septaInterosseal membranePeriostNeurovascular tractEpimysiumIntra- and extramuscular aponeurosisPerimysiumEndomysium.

KEYWORDS:

Fascia; aponeurosis; connective tissue; subcutaneous tissue; terminology

PMID:
21589739
PMCID:
PMC3091474

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