Carla Stecco

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Carla Stecco


Orthopedic Surgeon, Professor of Human Anatomy and Movement Sciences at the University of Padova. Founder Member of the Fascial Manipulation Association and of the Fascial Research Society. Member of the Italian Society of Anatomy and Histology, of the Association Fran├žaise des Morphologistes and of ISMuLT. Scientific activity devoted to the study of the anatomy of the human fasciae from a macroscopical, histological and physiopathological point of view. She personally made over 100 cadaver dissections for research. From 2000 she organizes and personally holds theoretical-practical courses about the Fascial Manipulation technique both in Italy and in other countries. Author of more than 100 in extenso papers about the fascial anatomy, 80 indexed in Pubmed. Author of two books about the Fascial Manipulation (Piccin ed), translated in English, Spanish and Japanese, and of some chapters about the fascial anatomy or the Fascial Manipulation Technique. Author of the “Functional atlas of human fasciae” (December 2014, Elsevier ed.).

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Books by Carla Stecco

"Think of Fascia as a Spring"

Dr. Schleip

Curated Videos of Carla Stecco

“Fascia research and proprioception: implications in sports”

Carla Stecco, MD, Orthopedist – Fascial Anatomy Overview Q&A, Facial Research conference 3 March 2012

Publications by Carla Stecco


Stecco C, Fede C, Macchi V, Porzionato A, Petrelli L, Biz C, Stern R, De Caro R.

The fasciacytes: A new cell devoted to fascial gliding regulation.

Clin Anat. 2018 Jul;31(5):667-676.

Stecco C, Azzena GP, Macchi V, Porzionato A, Behr A, Rambaldo A, Tiengo C, De Caro R.

Rectus abdominis muscle innervation: an anatomical study with surgical implications in diep flap harvesting.

Surg Radiol Anat. 2017 Nov 10.

Stecco C, Sfriso MM, Porzionato A, Rambaldo A, Albertin G, Macchi V, De Caro R.

Microscopic anatomy of the visceral fasciae.

J Anat. 2017 Jul;231(1):121-128.

Stecco A, Stern R, Fantoni I, De Caro R, Stecco C.

Fascial Disorders: Implications for Treatment.

PM R. 2015 Jun 14. pii: S1934-1482(15)00292-0.

T. Luomala, M. Pihlman, J. Heiskanen, C. Stecco,

Case study: could ultrasound and elastography visualized densified areas inside the deep fascia?

Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 2014 Jul, 18(3):462-8, doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.11.020, PubMed PMID: 25042323.

Stecco C, Macchi V, Barbieri A, Tiengo C, Porzionato A, De Caro R.

Hand fasciae innervation: The palmar aponeurosis.

Clin Anat. 2018 Jul;31(5):677-683.

Stecco C, Fantoni I, Macchi V, Del Borrello M, Porzionato A, Biz C, De Caro R.

The role of fasciae in Civinini-Morton’s syndrome.

J Anat. 2015 Nov;227(5):654-64.

Stecco C, Cappellari A, Macchi V, Porzionato A, Morra A, Berizzi A, De Caro R.

The paratendineous tissues: an anatomical study of their role in the pathogenesis of tendinopathy.

Surg Radiol Anat. 2014 Aug; 36(6):561-72.

P.G. Pavan, A. Stecco, R. Stern, C. Stecco,

Painful connections: densification versus fibrosis of fascia

Current Pain and Headache Reports, 2014 Aug, 18(8):441, doi: 10.1007/s11916-014-0441-4, PubMed PMID: 25063495.

C. Stecco, A. Cappellari, V. Macchi, A. Porzionato, A. Morra, A. Berizzi, R. De Caro,

The paratendineous tissues: an anatomical study of their role in the pathogenesis of tendinopathy

Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy, 2014 Aug, 36(6):561-72, doi: 10.1007/s00276-013-1244-8, PubMed PMID: 24318515.