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Fig. 1.42 Perform this little demonstration
yourself with a common carrier bag and
some spools or similar cylindrical objects to
see how the bones and muscle tissue
interact in a continuous 'double bag' of
fascial planes.
Fig. 1.43 Examining the fascia of the upper arm
and lower leg reveals a suspiciously similar
'echo' in the pattern of disposition by other
organic 'double-bagged' fascial layers.
and joint capsule when it is the ligamentous sleeve
around the joints. These connective tissue elements are
continuous with each other, and have always been
united within the fascial net, but, once separated for
analysis, tend to stay separate in our conception. This is
strongly reinforced for every student by ubiquitous ana-
tomical drawings in which all the other fabric around a
ligament is carefully scraped away to expose the liga-
ment as if it were a separate structure, rather than just
a thickening within this continuous inner bag of the net
(Fig. 1.44). Taken altogether, the ligaments and periostea
do not form separate structures, but rather a continuous
inner bag around the bone-joint tissues. Even the
cruciate ligaments of the knee - often shown as if they
were independent structures - are part of this continual
inner bag.
The content of the outer bag - where our hands were
in the model - is a chemically sensitive fibrous jelly we
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