There’s an ongoing global revolution in the anatomical research field, profoundly changing the way we look at the human body.
“The way of thinking, of our anatomy and body, is of course changing.”
– Jean Claude Guimberteau, Specialized Surgeon
The reason? Fascia, a network of connective tissue wrapped around every part of the body. While until recently being considered unimportant, Fascia is since 2017 acknowledged as the biggest organ in the body, and perhaps the most important one.
“So fascia is almost one third of our biomechanics.”
– Antonio Stecco, Graduate in Medicine and Surgery
Fascia research has sparked a wildfire of new insights that are challenging conventional belief about how the body works.
“Historically I’m a pathologist, so I sit looking at human tissue under a microscope all day long. That’s not the same as looking at living tissue, though we pretend it is. But now we have a scope which looks at the living tissue and it doesn’t look like what we thought.”
– Neil Thiese, Professor of Pathology
“In your first year of medical school, you get a cadaver and they cut it up and you have to scrupulously tag everything as you are studying the body. The fascia you can throw in the garbage can. So it is almost as if we are trained to not pay attention to it.”
– David Lesondak, Structural Integrator
The latest insights are presented at the 2018 Fascia Research Congress in Berlin, the most significant perhaps being Carla Steccos discovery of a new type of cell, central for our mobility, and many participants believe she should receive the nobel prize in medicine.
“We have discovered a new cell inside the fascia, that we have called the Fasciocytes. It has a different behaviour and is able to create the gliding surface of the different types of fascia.”
– Carla Stecco, Professor of Anatomy
“When the patient comes in to the physician and says “I think I have a problem with my fascia”, they’ll look it up on Google and they’ll find us.”
– Gil Headly – Integral Anatomy
At the Congress, new perspectives and explanations to symptoms and diseases like lower back pain, obesity, diabetes and even cancer was presented – and maybe this is how we will get new answers, by looking at the body in a completely new way.
“It’s all the same human body and we just have different perspectives on it. I think part of what’s going on here, if we are all talking about the same body, then maybe the issues that separate us are about language and metaphor. I think this kind of work is starting to allow us to see where they meet. If that happens, you would be talking about global medicine and global health, rather than Western versus Eastern and that kind of thing.”
– Neil Thiese – Professor of Pathology