This video gives a quick overview connective tissue, the muscular system and the nervous system. More detailed videos below.

Fascial or Connective Tissue System:

Introduction to connective Tissue:

Connective tissue is a type of tissue in the body that supports, connects and separates tissue. One of four tissue types - connective, muscular, nervous and epithelial.

The 3 Rules (functions) of Connective Tissue:

  • Fascia shapes!
  • Fascia protects and supports!
  • Fascia transmits force!!


  • Connective tissue, generally referring to sheets or bands of Connective tissue.
    • Etymology - 1560s, from Latin fascia "a band, bandage, swathe" (see fasces). Originally in architecture; anatomical use is from 1788. (Etymology Online)
      • Examples include your thoracolumbar fascia which is a sheet of Connective tissue that spans from latissimus dorsi to gluteus maximus across the lumbar spine (see image below).

Thoracolumbar fascia. Notice the lighter colored band of tissue. This is the fascia.

Thoracolumbar Fascia. Notice the lighter colored band of tissue. This is the fascia - By Anatomist90 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


  • A ligament is a short band of fibrous connective tissue spanning from bone to bone, supporting a joint.