Fascia Illustrations for download – Fascia Illustration Research Group
We have developed all the illustrations offered here with a great deal of research drive and enthusiasm in order to obtain and convey a better understanding of the fascia. Thanks to the findings of accomplished scientists and the expert eye of Robert Schleip, unique graphics have been created which, for the first time, clearly explain important sub-areas of this exciting tissue in a detailed, easy-to-understand and cutting-edge manner.
This fascia graphic depicts the structure of the loose fascia tissue. With the help of vacuole architecture, water is stored and a sliding ability, deformability and stabilization of the tissue is made possible. The interaction of metabolism, immune system, nerve functions with and within the fascial tissue is clearly visible.
The fibrous network, which is saturated with basic substance, forms arterial and venous vessels, lymphatic channels and serves as an embedding for nerve fibers. This environment acts as a location, transport route and for supply as well as disposal functions for cells (among others immune, fat, nerv, connective tissue cells). In addition it hosts special cell construction workers (fibroblasts).
The fascia graphic focuses on the generally relevant components and uses simplifying general terms.
Fascia is a tissue network composed of collagen (resistant to traction and tearing, can rebound like a catapult) and elastin (loose connection which can lengthen reversibly up to 150%) fibers.
The fibers are connected by sugar-protein compounds, which in turn bind water (basic substance).
The fibroblasts, belonging to the fascia, produce fiber elements and connecting proteins. They are responsible for a permanent build-up, breakdown and remodeling. This enables the fascial tissue to adapt to the current requirements.
This fascia graphic shows the parallel course of collagen type I fibers, which is found in tissue structures that require strong tensile strength (e.g. tendons, ligaments). Connecting proteins ensure the arrangement and functionality.
This fascia graphic shows the bi-directional course of collagen type I fibers found in tissue structures with multi-
directional radius of motion and volume changes (e.g. mus-cle bodies, organ sheath). Connecting proteins ensure the arrangement and functionality.
This fascia graphic shows the dependence of the immune system on fascia. Superordinately, the surface tension of the fascia itself forms a barrier through its electrical charge in order to make it difficult for foreign bodies to penetrate.
Within the basic substance, defense cells (including plasma cells, their antibodies and phagocytes) fight foreign bodies and antigens that have penetrated.
The fascial transport and supply feature is the regulative requirement for a well-functioning immune response as well as for cell recycling (autophagy) by recognizing, breaking down and utilizing the cells own components.
This fascia graphic gives an impression of how close the nerve and its functions are connected to the fascia. The fascial tissue not only forms the nerve bed, it also permeates and supplies the nerve and connects it to its environment.
The receptors are stretched in the fibrous network. The transmission through the axons is also influenced by the quality and lubricity of the fascia.
The interaction between the fascia and the nervous system controls, among others sensation, responsiveness and the handling of stress.
At the FRC we had the honor to get feedback from the scientific luminaries. We are currently working this into the graphic so that a revised version will be available for download very soon. We’ll keep you posted on Instagram and Facebook!
This fascia graphic shows the three fascial functional planes (superficial, deep and visceral) that are formed and connected within the fascial network. Because of fascial continuity, each level acts independently while being a remaining part of the three-dimensional fascial network with body-wide interaction.
Loose connective tissue (LCT) enables all structures to slide against each other, allowing interplay, transfer and mobility within and between planes. Connective tissue strands (retinacula cutis) anchor deeper solid structures (periost, myofascia) to the skin, thereby limiting the radius of displacement. Their fibers first run slightly diagonally through the deep adipose tissue (DAT), then meet the superficial fascia and from there run in a straight line through the superficial adipose tissue (SAT) to the dermis.
All together this creates a functional symbiosis of flexibility and stability (tensegrity).
This illustration is still in progress but will be also available soon.