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Int J Ther Massage Bodywork. 2011;4(4):1-6. Epub 2011 Dec 31.

Fascia Research from a Clinician/Scientist's Perspective.

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VA New Jersey Healthcare System, UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School, East Orange, NJ, USA.


The upcoming Third International Fascia Research Congress will have much exciting information for the clinician, as well as for the clinical and basic science researcher. This paper provides a perspective from a clinician/scientist, including the fascial network of body-wide connections between and within individual cells, and sharing of loads between muscle and fascia. Basic studies of fibroblast cell shape show the impact of manual therapy, acupuncture, and yoga-like stretching at the cellular level. Advances in scientific equipment have made it possible to study a layer of hyaluronan fluid, which allows sliding between deep fascia and muscle. Collagen fibers within fascia affect both blood flow to muscles and lymphatic fluid flow.


collagen; conference; fascia; fibroblast; fluid flow; tensegrity


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