Neil Theise is a diagnostic liver pathologist and an adult stem cell researcher. He works at the Beth Israel Medical Center of Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he is a professor of pathology and of medicine.
He describes himself as coming from the traditional American school of medicine. And in this allopathic side of medicine, the idea of fascia is on the edge. On the other hand, as he describes it, there are clear signs of fascia slowly going from the outside of medicine towards the middle. Although this change is taking place very slowly.
Apart from recent years researching fascia Neil Theise has his roots, as a pathologist, in the traditional field of medicine where he has specialized himself on the liver. This perspective gives the field, even more to think about, especially when one finds fascia in places that weren’t expected.
– In some cases, we know more than we think we do and in some cases, we know less than we think we do.
He also tells us that the traditional medical school sees fascia as something that separates muscles. But in the fascia community, it is seen as more extensive connective tissue, tensely collagenized tissue, that runs through the entire body. He additionally says that we can find this tissue in places we previously didn’t think it would be.
– Probably every tense connective tissue in the body is actually a fluid-filled space. And this is novel thinking, Neil says.
To summarize, this is in many ways why the fascia world has had a difficult time getting its research recognized and material published. It’s likely because of this it’s hard for the fascia community to organize itself.