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units (mf units) united in myofascial sequences, and involves manual friction over specific points (called Centres of coordination and Centres of fusion) on the deep muscular fascia. This underlying rationale and the resultant analytical process guides the therapist in the combination of points to be treated and allows therapists to work at a distance from the site of pain, which is often inflamed due to non-physiological tension. Musculoskeletal disorders commonly treated include low back pain; tendinitis, sprains, peripheral nerve compressions, and neck pain syndromes, whereas visceral dysfunctions can include gastritis, irritable colon syndrome, constipation, and dysmenorrhoea.

Program Schedule

9:00 9:30

Arrivals / Sign In Introduction: A brief history of Fascial Manipulation (

10 min)

Highlights of anatomy of the human fascial system (1 hr)

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    Gross anatomy of the fascial system

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    Histology - layered conformation

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    Myofascial/myotendinous expansions

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Questions (10 min)

Biomechanical model - Myofascial Unit, Centre of Coordination, Centre of perception. Sequences, Centres of fusion, diagonals, and spirals. (1 hr)

Questions (10 min)

12:00 1:30

Lunch Assessment process - Clinical rationale and Assessment Chart (1 hr) Demonstration of a treatment (45 min) New directions in research: (15 min)

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    the role of the Visceral fascia in internal dysfunctions

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    the role of the superficial fascia in venous return mechanisms

Questions and Discussion concerning the Fascial Manipulation technique and its relevance to conference findings (30 min)



Short presentation of the Fascial Manipulation technique©

Fascial Manipulation© is a manual therapy that has been developed by Luigi Stecco, an Italian physiotherapist from the north of Italy. This method has evolved over the last 30 years through study and practice in the treatment of a vast caseload of musculoskeletal problems. It focuses on the fascia, in particular the deep muscular fascia, including the epimysium and the retinacula and considers that the myofascial system is a three-dimensional continuum. In recent years, via collaboration with the Anatomy Faculties of the René Descartes University, Paris, France and the University of Padova in Italy, Dr. Carla Stecco and Dr. Antonio Stecco have carried out extensive research into the anatomy and histology of the fascia via dissection of unembalmed cadavers. These dissections have enhanced the pre-existing biomechanical model already elaborated by Luigi Stecco by providing new histological and anatomical data. This technique presents a complete biomechanical model that assists in deciphering the role of fascia in musculoskeletal disorders. The mainstay of this manual technique lies in the identification of a specific, localised area of the fascia in connection with a specific limited movement. Once a limited or

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