Fascia in the Osteopathic Field


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Fascia in the Osteopathic Field
Edited by Torsten Liem, Paolo Tozzi, and Anthony Chila

Fascia is one of the most intriguing body tissues and one of the least understood. In recent years it has been a major focus of interest for both researchers and clinicians from a wide variety of professional fields. In Fascia in the Osteopathic Field the editors offer a multidimensional foundation of fascia from an osteopathic perspective. The carefully selected team of international contributors present and discuss the main information currently available on this tissue from both the research and clinical fields.

The book firstly explores the structural properties of fascia – such as anatomical arrangement, embryological development, biomechanical qualities – from the most superficial to the deeper layers. It then examines the fascia’s functional properties – such as fluidic, immune, hormonal, and neural responses. Finally the text widens its perspective to address the most common manual approaches to treating this tissue, from the more traditional to the most recent ones, touching on their principles, methods of application, indications and mechanisms.

Although the definition of fascia itself is still under debate, our knowledge of it remains far from complete, and it continues to draw experts from different fields to share their data and experience in the attempt to achieve a deeper understanding of its role and function. Fascia in the Osteopathic Field is another example of sharing that knowledge and experience and it is hoped that it will prove to be a step towards a greater understanding of this fascinating tissue.

Paperback, 598 pages. Handspring Publishing; 1st edition (March 2017)

Torsten Liem MSc DO is Joint Principal of the German School of Osteopathy, a practising osteopath, lecturer in cranial osteopathy and head of several osteopathic MSc-programmes in Germany and Europe. He is the author and editor of several books and has written numerous articles. Torsten Liem is organiser of the international osteopathy symposia in Berlin; founder of an osteopathic teaching clinic and of the charitably financed centre for paediatric osteopathy in Hamburg. A board member of the German and European Societies of Pediatric Osteopathy, Torsten Liem is also co-founder and coeditor of the journal Osteopathische Medizin (Elsevier), member of the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, and  co-founder of Breathe Yoga. His core vision is the implementation of osteopathic principles in practice, and connecting them with the principles of classical Chinese medicine and yoga, and with psychological and energetic aspects. 

Paolo Tozzi MSc Ost, DO, PT Is Principal of the First Italian School of Veterinary Osteopathy, Vice-Principal of the Italian Association of Posturologists, former Treasurer of the Osteopathic European Academic Network (OsEAN), and former Vice Principal of CROMON, the Centre for Holistic Research in Osteopathy and Natural Medicine, Rome. He lectures widely on osteopathy, biomechanics and manual therapy, and organized the first international congress on veterinary osteopathy (Rome 2012).

Dr. Anthony Chila graduated in osteopathy in 1965. After 11 years in general practice he embarked on an academic career teaching first at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and latterly at Ohio University, where he was Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine for 10 years.

Dr. Chila has been active as office holder in the American Osteopathic Association and other national groups, and was recognized as Educator of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation in 2013. His many writing and editorial activities include the executive editorship of the third edition of the standard textbook Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine.




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