Research Review: Histological Study of the Deep Fasciae of the Limbs
By William Chancey Sumner, PTA, MS, CES, CAFS, HMS, FRCms, c-PT
Edited by Brent Brookbush DPT, PT, COMT, MS, PES, CES, CSCS, ACSM H/FS
Original Citation: Stecco, C., Porzionato, A., Lancerotto, L., Stecco, A., Macchi, V., Day, J., De Caro, R. (2008). Histological Study of the Deep Fasciae of the Limbs. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 12, 225 - 230. ABSTRACT
The number of published research studies and popularity of fascia has increased exponentially in the past decade; however, there are still gaps in our understanding (1-7). New research has implicated that fascia may play a role in force transmission, proprioception and pain (1). This 2008 study by Italian researchers provides foundational information about fascial layers, vascular and neural networks, and organization. This information may aid the human movement professional in the development of fascia specific techniques and interventions.
|Study Design||Descriptive study|
|Level of Evidence||III Evidence from non-experimental descriptive studies, such as comparative studies, correlation studies and case-control studies|
72 samples of the deep fascia of the limbs were taken during 6 cadaveric dissections.
12 different samples of the same size (1 x 1.5cm) were obtained.
Three samples were taken from the following portions of the upper limbs and lower limbs:
Histological and immunohistochemical stains were performed to aid in