Affordable Access

deepdyve-link
Publisher Website

Not merely a protective packing organ? A review of fascia and its force transmission capacity.

Authors
  • Wilke, Jan1
  • Schleip, Robert2
  • Yucesoy, Can A3
  • Banzer, Winfried1
  • 1 Department of Sports Medicine, Goethe University , Frankfurt am Main , Germany. , (Germany)
  • 2 Fascia Research Group, Neurosurgical Clinic Guenzburg of Ulm University, Ulm, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 3 Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Bogazici University , Instanbul , Turkey. , (Turkey)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Applied Physiology
Publisher
American Physiological Society
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2018
Volume
124
Issue
1
Pages
234–244
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00565.2017
PMID: 29122963
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

Recent research indicates that fascia is capable of changing its biomechanical properties. Moreover, as it links the skeletal muscles, forming a body-wide network of multidirectional myofascial continuity, the classical conception of muscles as independent actuators has been challenged. Hence, the present synthesis review aims to characterize the mechanical relevance of the connective tissue for the locomotor system. Results of cadaveric and animal studies suggest a clinically relevant myofascial force transmission to neighboring structures within one limb (e.g., between synergists) and in the course of muscle-fascia chains (e.g., between leg and trunk). Initial in vivo trials appear to underpin these findings, demonstrating the existence of nonlocal exercise effects. However, the factors influencing the amount of transmitted force (e.g., age and physical activity) remain controversial, as well as the role of the central nervous system within the context of the observed remote exercise effects.

Report this publication

Statistics

Seen <100 times