Carla Stecco
Lecture #312


Recently many studies have highlighted that the muscle should be studied as a complex of contractile fibres inseparable from its fibrous and elastic components. The objective of this presentation is to analyze the connections of the muscle with the intramuscular and extra muscular connective tissue component in order to understand whether the force developed by muscle contraction can affect these fibrous tissues, and how the fasciae can coordinate the various muscles involved in a specific movement. Particular attention will be placed to the fascial anatomy of the head and neck and how it connects various muscles and organs. Finally, the role of the deep fasciae in peripheral motor coordination will be debated. In particular it will be distinguished in two part: a local coordination among the motor units, in which the key element are the muscle spindles, closely linked to the intramuscular connective tissue, and the global motor coordination, more related to the role of the aponeurotic fasciae and retinacula.

Dr. Stecco is an Orthopedic Surgeon, Professor of Human Anatomy and Movement Sciences at the University of Padova. Founder Member of the Fascial Manipulation Association and of the Fascial Research Society. Author of more than 100 papers and of three books (“Functional Atlas of human fasciae”, “Fascial Manipulation technique”, Theory and practical part).

Learning Outcomes:

– Describe fascia and its main features
– Identify the relationship between fasciaand muscles
– Analyze the possible role of fascial pathology in clinical practice