Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (2014) 18, 441-442
By Carla Stecco, Department of Human Anatomy and Physiology, University of Padova.
Fascia is often described as an ubiquitous tissue that permeates the human body, organized as a three-dimensional network that surrounds, supports, suspends, protects, connects and divides muscular, skeletal and visceral components of the body (Tozzi, 2012). If we agree with this wide definition, then fasciae could include every connective tissue, loose or dense, regular and irregular, with so many functions that would be impossible to study and understand from a scientific point of view. Can we consider the loose connective tissue, that permits the gliding between different viscera, as fascia? And is it comparable with a fascia lata, that envelops all the muscles of the thigh? Could the peritoneum be considered a fascia? And is it more similar to loose or fibrous connective tissue? Have the visceral and parietal peritoneum the same structures and roles? Can we apply the knowledge that we have for the muscular fasciae to the visceral fasciae?
Full text at this link. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2014.04.013