Russell Stolzoff

Russell Stolzoff

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Both a Clinician and Scientist and one of the Pioneers in Fascia Research – Robert’s narrative builds a bridge between science, the clinic and everything in between.


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“The Fascia Episode! Dr. Robert Schleip leading Fascia research scientist shares up to date news on Ultrasound imaging of fascia, measuring fascia elasticity and the devices he uses, breaking news on the number of sensory nerve endings in fascia and much more!”

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“An interview with Dr. Robert Schleip of the University of Ulm, Germany. We discuss recent discoveries about fascia-a key element of connective tissue, which is involved in wound-healing and chronic pain. Dr. Schleip also shares his personal experience in moving from his role as a practitioner of rolfing to doing basic science research.”

Scholarly articles — a beginning

This is a preliminary copy and paste from GOOGLE. I can format a better version for the website but/and there are many articles. So wanted to touch base about priorities and wants for what goes on the website. I can reduce this list by time frame (“since 2018”or “since 2017”) Or preview and choose.



Fascial plasticity–a new neurobiological explanation: Part 1

R Schleip – Journal of Bodywork and movement therapies, 2003 – Elsevier

In myofascial manipulation an immediate tissue release is often felt under the working hand.

This amazing feature has traditionally been attributed to mechanical properties of the

connective tissue. Yet studies have shown that either much stronger forces or longer …

 Cited by 413 Related articles All 25 versions


Active fascial contractility: fascia may be able to contract in a smooth muscle-like manner and thereby influence musculoskeletal dynamics

R Schleip, W Klingler, F Lehmann-Horn – Medical hypotheses, 2005 – Elsevier

Dense connective tissue sheets, commonly known as fascia, play an important role as force

transmitters in human posture and movement regulation. Fascia is usually seen as having a

passive role, transmitting mechanical tension which is generated by muscle activity or …

 Cited by 236 Related articles All 18 versions


Fascial plasticity–a new neurobiological explanation Part 2

R Schleip – Journal of Bodywork and movement therapies, 2003 – Elsevier

Part 1 of this two part article showed that immediate fascial responsiveness to manipulation

cannot be explained by its mechanical properties alone. Fascia is densely innervated by

mechanoreceptors which are responsive to myofascial manipulation. They are intimately …

 Cited by 160 Related articles All 9 versions


[PDF] Book Review of Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body

R Schleip, TW Findley, L Chaitow, PA Huijing – 2012 –

The just released and long-anticipated book on fascia is a noteworthy accomplishment

inspired in part by the 2007, 2009, and 2012 International Fascia Congresses in which

researchers from diverse fields and a great variety of hands-on clinicians came together to …

 Cited by 130 Related articles All 5 versions


What is ‘fascia‘? A review of different nomenclatures

R Schleip, H Jäger, W Klingler – Journal of bodywork and movement …, 2012 – Elsevier

There are many different definitions of fascia. Here the three most common nomenclatures

are compared, including that of the Federative International Committee on Anatomical

Terminology (1998), the definition included in the latest British edition of Gray’s Anatomy …

 Cited by 116 Related articles All 13 versions


[HTML] Three-dimensional mathematical model for deformation of human fasciae in manual therapy

H Chaudhry, R Schleip, Z Ji, B Bukiet… – The Journal of the …, 2008 – Am Osteopathic Assoc

Context: Although mathematical models have been developed for the bony movement

occurring during chiropractic manipulation, such models are not available for soft tissue

motion. Objective: To develop a three-dimensional mathematical model for exploring the …

 Cited by 104 Related articles All 8 versions


Training principles for fascial connective tissues: scientific foundation and suggested practical applications

R Schleip, DG Müller – Journal of bodywork and movement therapies, 2013 – Elsevier

Conventional sports training emphasizes adequate training of muscle fibres, of

cardiovascular conditioning and/or neuromuscular coordination. Most sports-associated

overload injuries however occur within elements of the body wide fascial net, which are then …

 Cited by 99 Related articles All 29 versions


[PDF] Fascia is able to contract in a smooth muscle-like manner and thereby influence musculoskeletal mechanics

R Schleip, W Klingler… – Journal of Biomechanics, 2006 –

With immunohistological analysis we demonstrate the presence of myofibroblasts in normal

human fasciae, particularly the fascia lata, plantar fascia, and the lumbar fascia. Density was

found to be highest in the lumbar fascia and seems to be positively related to physical …

 Cited by 68 Related articles All 8 versions


Passive muscle stiffness may be influenced by active contractility of intramuscular connective tissue

R Schleip, IL Naylor, D Ursu, W Melzer, A Zorn… – Medical hypotheses, 2006 – Elsevier

The article introduces the hypothesis that intramuscular connective tissue, in particular the

fascial layer known as the perimysium, may be capable of active contraction and

consequently influence passive muscle stiffness, especially in tonic muscles. Passive …

 Cited by 147 Related articles All 17 versions


Strain hardening of fascia: static stretching of dense fibrous connective tissues can induce a temporary stiffness increase accompanied by enhanced matrix hydration

R Schleip, L Duerselen, A Vleeming, IL Naylor… – Journal of bodywork and …, 2012 – Elsevier

This study examined a potential cellular basis for strain hardening of fascial tissues: an

increase in stiffness induced by stretch and subsequent rest. Mice lumbodorsal fascia were

isometrically stretched for 15 min followed by 30 min rest (n= 16). An increase in stiffness …

 Cited by 62 Related articles All 10 versions