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Fig. In. 10 The myofascial continuity seen in Figure In. 9 is
actually part of the larger 'meridian' shown here: The splenii in the
neck are connected across the spinous processes to the
contralateral rhomboids, which are in turn strongly connected to
the serratus, and on around through the abdominal fasciae to the
ipsilateral hip. This set of myofascial connections, which are of
course repeated on the opposite side, become a focus for the
mammalian ability to rotate the trunk, and are detailed in Chapter
6 on the Spiral Line. See Figures 6.8 and 6.21 for comparison.
(Photo courtesy of the author; dissection by Laboratories of
Anatomical Enlightenment.) {DVD ref: Early Dissective
Fig. In. 8 Shortness within or displacement of the myofascial
meridians can be observed in standing posture or in motion.
These assessments lead to globally based treatment strategies.
Can you look at A and see the shortnesses and shifts noted in B?
(Photo courtesy of the author; for an explanation of the lines, see
Ch. 11.) (DVD ref: BodyReading 101)
The word 'meridian' is usually used in the context of
the energetic lines of transmission in the domain of acu-
puncture. 25 " 2 7 Let there be no confusion: the myofascial
meridian lines are not acupuncture meridians, but lines
of pull, based on standard Western anatomy, lines which
transmit strain and movement through the body's myo-
fascia around the skeleton. They clearly have some
overlap with the meridians of acupuncture, but the two
are not equivalent (see Appendix 3, p. 273). The use of
the word 'meridians' has more to do, in the author's
mind, with the meridians of latitude and longitude that
girdle the earth (Fig. In. 11). In the same way, these
meridians girdle the body, defining geography and
geometry within the myofascia, the geodesies of the
body's mobile tensegrity.
this topic considers how these lines of pull affect the
structure and function of the body in question.
While many lines of pull may be defined, and individu-
als may set up unique strains and connections through
injury, adhesion, or attitude, this topic outlines
twelve myofascial continuities commonly employed
around the human frame. The 'rules' for constructing a
myofascial meridian are included so that the experi-
enced reader can construct other lines which may be
useful in certain cases. The body's fascia is versatile
enough to resist other lines of strain besides the ones
listed herein as created by odd or unusual movements,
readily seen in any roughhousing child. We are reason-
ably sure that a fairly complete therapeutic approach
can be assembled from the lines we have included,
though we are open to new ideas that further explora-
tion and more in-depth research will bring to light (see
Appendix 2, p. 259).
After considering human structure and movement
from the point of view of the entire fascial web in Chapter
Fig. In. 9 Early dissective evidence seems to indicate a structural
reality for these longitudinal meridians. Here we see how strong
the fabric connection is between the serratus anterior muscle and
the external oblique muscle, independent of the bones to which
they attach. These 'interfascial' connections are rarely listed in
anatomy texts. (Photo courtesy of the author; dissection by
Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment.)
'myofascial continuity' between the serratus anterior
muscle and the external oblique muscle (Fig. In. 9). 'Myo-
fascial meridian' describes an interlinked series of these
connected tracts of sinew and muscle. A myofascial con-
tinuity, in other words, is a local part of a myofascial
meridian. The serratus anterior and external oblique are
both part of the larger overall sling of the upper Spiral
Line that wraps around the torso (Fig. In. 10).
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