Fascia – Mysterious world under the skin

The fasciae – who are they? The whole world talks about the hidden connective tissue that holds our body together at its core. What role does this fascinating whole-body network really play? Does it offer chances for new therapies and cures – also for our number one common disease – back pain? We interview the leading scientists in the field worldwide and gain surprising insights into the latest state of fascia research. We experience how the effect of ancient healing methods is scientifically proven and dive into a largely unknown cosmos in our bodies with fascinating images.

We are in Padua, where Prof. Carla Stecco revolutionised the world of anatomy with her fascia atlas. She dissects for us the large dorsal fascia, which can be responsible as a cause of chronic back pain. The American fascia pioneer Thomas Myers, author of “Anatomy Trains”, points us into a huge whole-body network that keeps us upright. Robert Schleip, one of Germany’s leading researchers, shows us the effects that too little movement causes. The highly sensitive tissues stick together. Helene Langevin in Boston explains the connection that fascia plays in the ancient healing method of acupuncture. The current scientific finding: fasciae have two sides: the white connective tissue fibres are both the cause of pain and disease, but also a miraculous source of healing.

Broadcast date:27.1.2018 um 22:45 Uhr auf Arte
Written and directed by:Kirsten Esch
Camera:Oliver Biebl, Mike Shum
Editor:Udo Zühlsdorf
Editorial advisor:Marita Hübinger
Production:Ulrike Römhild
Producer:Martina Sprengel
Filming location:Boston, Frankfurt, Padua, Ulm, Walpole