Fascia Research from a Clinician/Scientist’s Perspective

  • Thomas W. Findley, MD, PhD New Jersey Veterans Administration Healthcare System UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
Keywords: fascia, conference, tensegrity, fibroblast, fluid flow, collagen


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.

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Findley, MD, PhD, T. W. (2011). Fascia Research from a Clinician/Scientist’s Perspective. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Research Education &Amp; Practice, 4(4), 1–6. https://doi.org/10.3822/ijtmb.v4i4.158