Fascial Manipulation© is a manual therapy method that has been developed in Italy through intense research by Luigi Stecco, an Italian physiotherapist, his daughter Carla Stecco, MD, an orthopedic surgeon, and his son Antonio Stecco, MD, a Physiatrist.
It focuses on the fascia, or connective tissue, and considers that the myofascial system is a three-dimensional continuum. This method presents a complete biomechanical model that assists in deciphering the role of fascia in musculoskeletal disorders.
The mainstay of this manual method lies in the identification of specific, localized areas of the fascia in connection with a specific limited movement. Once a limited or painful movement is identified, then specific points on the fascia are implicated and, through the appropriate manipulation of these precise parts of the fascia, movement can be restored.