This richly illustrated book, with accompanying DVD and website, presents Dr Guimberteau’s groundbreaking work, and explains its significance for manual therapists and movement teachers, and its implications for what they do with patients and clients.
Dr Guimberteau is the first person to film living human tissue through an endoscope in an attempt to understand the organisation of living matter. He has developed his own concept of the multifibrillar structural organisation of the body, of which the microvacuole is the basic functional unit. He has also developed a concept of global dynamics and continuous matter.
His films confirm the continuity of fibres throughout the body and show how adjacent structures can move independently in different directions and at different speeds while maintaining the stability of the surrounding tissues. This role is carried out by what he calls the “Microvacuolar Collagenic Absorbing System”
He has opened a window into a strange world of fibrillar chaos and unpredictable behaviour, and has revealed the morphodynamic nature of the fibrils that constitute the connective tissue, as well as the fractal, non-linear behaviour of these fibrils.
His work ties in with that of Donald Ingber on tensegrity within the cytoskeleton, and the links between the cytoskeleton and the Extracellular Matrix as described by James Oschman.
1) Tissue Continuity
2) Fibrillar Continuity and Form
3) Mobility and Adaptability
4) The Relationship between the Cells and the Fibrillar Architecture
5) Spatial Arrangement, Tensegrity, and Fractalization
6) Adaptations and Modifications of the Multifibrillar Network
7) Concept of Connective Tissue as the Architectural Constitutive Tissue Responsible for Form
‘I thought the book was fascinating and inspiring on many levels. Sometimes a tough read due to the architectural and sometimes (meta)physical approach the authors take to explain the structures, but thought-provoking with regards to many of their observations and deductions regarding, for example, how the intricate fibrillar network functions, how it is the fasciae rather than the cells that give the shape to the body and how their impression of the lymphatic system might require rethinking of the classical anatomy.
I personally could relate very much to the message of the book, which was in my opinion all about the continuity of this oft-neglected and all-abundant fibrillar/fascial network. And this is so well-visualised through the pictures and the videos! My own research, in collaboration with one of the book’s contributors Willie Fourie, highlights the functional issues that come about after breast cancer treatment especially due to the modification of the fascial system and its continuity. Hence, I particularly enjoyed the chapter on “Adaptations and Modifications of the Multifibrillar Network” and I will definitely be using this and other chapters in the book as part of my references for my dissertation.’
Kyle Paulssen MSc(Med) Anatomy/MBChB Candidate
Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town