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Architecture of Human Living Fascia

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Product code: 41

By: Jean-Claude Guimberteau, M.D. and Colin Armstrong, DO
Soft Cover 11 1/8” x 9 1/8”
232 pages; 400 4-colour photographs and diagrams, and 90 video clips
ISBN: 978-1-909141-11-7

Product Description

Dr. Guimberteau is the first person to film living human tissue through an endoscope in an attempt to understand the organization of living matter. He has developed his own concept of the multifibrillar structural organization of the body and of global dynamics and continuous matter. His films confirm the continuity of fibres throughout the body and show how adjacent structures can move independently in different directions and at different speeds while maintaining the stability of the surrounding tissues.

This richly illustrated book, with accompanying DVD and website, presents Dr Guimberteau’s groundbreaking work, explaining its significance for manual therapists and movement teachers and its implications for what they do with patients and clients.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1

1. Tissue Continuity  13

2. Fibrillar Continuity and Form  59

3. Mobility and Adaptability  81

4. The Relationship between the Cells and the Fibrillar Architecture  95

5. Spatial Arrangement, Tensegrity, and Fractalization  115

6. Adaptations and Modifications of the Multifibrillar Network  141

7. Concept of Connective Tissue as the Architectural Constitutive Tissue Responsible for Form  167

Afterword  181

References and Further Reading  199

Index  201

About the Author

Jean-Claude Guimberteau, M.D. is co-founder and scientific director of the Institut Aquitain de la Main, and past-President 2011-2012 of the French Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (SOFCPRE). Dr. Guimberteau trained in hand and plastic surgery at the University of Bordeaux. He practised in microsurgery and transplantation in France and the U.S. With Professor Claude Verdan in Switzerland and Dr. Harold Kleinert in the U.S., he wrote New Ideas in Hand Surgery.

Perhaps his most significant contribution to our understanding of human biology has come about through his innovative use of video-endoscopy to investigate the structure of the fascia in vivo. Through the company he has published many videos on living matter: Strolling Under the Skin (2005); Skin Excursion (2008); Muscle Attitude (2009); Interior Architectures (2011); Skin, Scars and Stiffness (2012); and Destination Tendon (2012).

Dr Guimberteau is also a member of the French Hand Society (GEM), and of the French Academy of Surgery. He has been a member of the (French) Health Service High Authority 2007-2010.

Colin Armstrong DO is a British trained osteopath. He spent the first five years of his career in Zimbabwe and is now based in France. He has over 30 years of clinical experience and has undertaken extensive postgraduate training in France and Britain. The study of osteopathy from different cultural perspectives has given him a unique insight into the way people experience pain and illness, and the impact this has on the therapeutic encounter. His areas of special interest include pediatric osteopathy and osteopathic care during pregnancy. He feels immensely privileged to be able to treat people of all ages, from the newborn to the elderly, and from all walks of life. He is a founder member of the French Academy of Osteopaths.