I remember walking into Gross Anatomy lab and seeing the cadaver stripped down to only bones and muscles - everything else was taken out and discarded. It just wasn't that important.
This initial introduction to the human body just never quite sat well with me-
It was too clean, too simple, too rudimentary.
""A" attaches to "B" and causes "Y" to happen. Don't worry about "D"", the professor would tell you, "that's for next class and it doesn't influence what we are talking about today or change "Y" anyway."
Is it any wonder why most of us still associate the human anatomy as a simple construct of levers, hinges and force vectors with little to no interplay between independent parts. I've made plenty of mistakes in my career, but the one that kept me from truly understanding human movement and appreciating dysfunctional patterns was the role and influence of fascia. It took a colleague many years ago to demonstrate how a simple pull on her sweater caused a change in tension far from where it was originally pulled.
A simple, yet powerful example of how fascia influences our every move.
Interested in more information on fascia?
1. See author of Anatomy Trains, Tom Myers speak at the 2011 BSMPG summer seminar.
2. See information below for the 2012 meeting in Vancouver, Canada. Read Leon Chaitlow's post below or read proceedings from the 2007 and 2009 Fascia Research Congress Meetings.
3. Read Leon Chaitow's post on fascia research by clicking HERE.
Click HERE for the 2007 Fascia Research Congress Proceedings Book Overview
Click HERE for the 2009 Fascia Research Congress Proceedings Book Overview