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The Fascia Research Group, is part of the Neurosurgical Clinic Günzburg of Ulm University, Germany. Up to 2016 it was part of the former Division of Neurophysiology of Ulm University. In close collaboration with other international research groups devoted to the rapidly developing field of fascia research, we attempt to explore the biomechanical, sensorial and physiological properties of the body wide fascial network in the human body. Tissues included (in our understanding of the fascial network) encompass aponeuroses, intramuscular connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, septi, retinaculae, in addition to dense irregular connective tissue sheets ('proper fasciae') such as the nucheal fascia or plantar fascia.

Current research activities of our group include:

  • Mechanographic and histological examination of active fascial contractility.
  • Function of the human lumbar fascia in walking
  • Response of human fasciae to therapeutic manipulation, such as manual myofascial treatments or active/passive stretching
  • The role of calcium activated potassium channels in myofibroblast proliferation and in fibroproliferative diseases


-> Visit our international networking website: www.fasciaresearch.com

-> Info about the Fascia Research Society


Important dates:

-> Fascia oriented anatomy course w/ Andry Vleeming in Berlin, May 10th-13th, 2018

-> 5th International Fascia Research Congress, Berlin Nov. 14-15th, 2018

-> Human Dissection Workshop, with J.Sharkey et al. , Univ. of Dundee, June 28-30, 2018

-> Fascial Anatomy, Dr. R.Schleip & Prof. C.Stecco, Guben/Germany, June 27-29, 2018 (Waiting list)

-> Other workshops/lectures w/ Robert Schleip


Publications: Scientists

Needle biopsy derived myofascial tissue samples are sufficient for quantification of myofibroblast density.
Schleip R, Wilke J,  Schreiner S, Wetterslev M, Klingler W.
Clin Anat. 2018, Epub ahead of print, doi: 10.1002/ca.23040.
The Lumbodorsal Fascia as a Potential Source of Low Back Pain: A Narrative Review.
Wilke J, Schleip R, Klingler W, Stecco C.
Biomed Res Int 2017:5349620 (2017)

Connecting (T)issues: How Research in Fascia Biology Can Impact Integrative Oncology.
Langevin HM, Keely P, Mao J, Hodge LM, Schleip R, Deng G, Hinz B, Swartz MA, de Valois BA, Zick S, Findley T.
Cancer Res 76(21):6159-6162 (2016)

Functional in vitro tension measurements of fascial tissue – a novel modified superfusion approach.
Schleip R, Klingler W, Wearing S, Naylor I, Zuegel M, Hoppe K.
J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact 16(3): 256-260 (2016)

Defining the fascial system.
Adstrum S, Hedley G, Schleip R, Stecco C, Yucesoy C.A.   J Bodyw Movem Ther 21(1):173-177 (2017)

Myofascial triggerpoint release (MTR) for treating chronic shoulder pain: A novel approach
Gordon CM, Andrasik F, Schleip R, Birbaumer N, Rea M.   J Bodyw Movem Ther 20(3): 614-22 (2016)
Clinical relevance of fascial tissue and dysfunctions.
Klingler W, Velders M, Hoppe K, Pedro M, Schleip R.  Curr Pain Headache Rep 18(8): 439 (2014)
Contractile elements in muscular fascial tissue - implications for in-vitro contracture testing for malignant hyperthermia   Hoppe K, Schleip R, Lehmann-Horn F, Jäger H, Klingler W.   Anaesthesia 69(9): 1002-1008 (2014)
The bodywide fascial network as a sensory organ for haptic perception.
Schleip R, Mechsner F, Zorn A, Klingler W.
J Mot Behav. 46(3): 191-3 (2014)
The thoracolumbar fascia: anatomy, function and clinical considerations.

Willard FH, Vleeming A, Schuenke MD, Danneels L, Schleip R.   J Anat 221: 507-36 (2012)

The role of fibrosis in Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Klingler W, Jurkat-Rott K, Lehmann-Horn F, Schleip R.   Acta Myol 31(3):184-95 (2012)

What is 'fascia'? A review of different nomenclatures.

Schleip R, Jäger H, Klingler W. J Bodyw Mov Ther 16:496-502 (2012)

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

Schleip R, Mueller DG. J Bodyw Mov Ther 17: 103-15 (2013)

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

Schleip R, Duerselen L, Vleeming A, Naylor IL, Lehmann-Horn F, Zorn A, Jaeger H, Klingler W.,   J Bodyw Mov Ther 16(1): 94-100 (2012)

The fascial network: an exploration of its load bearing capacity and its potential as a pain generator

Schleip R, Zorn A, Lehmann-Horn F, Klingler W.  In: Vleeming et al: Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain, Los Angeles, 2010, pp 215-218

The spring-like function of the lumbar fascia in human walking

Zorn A et al., in: Findley TW & Schleip R (eds.), Fascia research – Basic science and implications for conventional and complementary health care. Elsevier Science, Munich 2007 (plus video)

Letter to the Editor concerning "A hypothesis of chronic back pain: ligament subfailure injuries lead to muscle control dysfunction" (M. Panjabi).

Schleip R, Vleeming A, Lehmann-Horn F, Klingler W   Eur Spine J 16(10):1733-5 (2007)

Three-dimensional mathematical model for deformation of human fasciae in manual therapy
Chaudhry H, Schleip R, Ji Z, Bukiet B, Maney M, Findley T
J Am Osteopath Assoc 108(8):379-90 (2009)

Viscoelastic behavior of human fasciae under extension in manual therapy
Chaudhry H, Huang C-H, Schleip R, Zhiming J, Bukiet B, Findley T
J Bodyw Movem Ther 11(2):159–167 (2007)

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

Schleip R, Naylor IL, Ursu D, Melzer W, Zorn A, Wilke HJ, Lehmann-Horn F, Klingler W

Medical Hypotheses 66: 66-71 (2006)

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

Schleip, R, Klingler W, Lehmann-Horn F    Medical Hypotheses 65, 273-277 (2005)




Publications: Clinicians

Mechanotransduktion: von der zellulären Ebene bis zum ganzen Körper.
Schleip R.  Osteopatische Medizin 17(3): 16-21 (2016)

What is 'fascia'? A review of different nomenclatures.
Schleip R, Jäger H, Klingler W. J Bodyw Mov Ther 16: 496-502 (2012)

Training principles for fascial connective tissues: scientific foundation and suggested practical applications.
Schleip R, Mueller DG. J Bodyw Mov Ther 17: 103-15 (2013)

Faszientraining: Spannkraft für das unsichtbare Netz
Schleip R, Sportmedizin 12/2015

Kollagenes Bindegewebe als Schmerzquelle:  Physiotherapeutische Ansätze für die Behandlung von Bindegewebe
Schleip R., Sportmedizinische Nachrichten 2013/09.

Bindegewebe in der Sportmedizin
Steinacker J, Schleip R, Velders M, Klingler W. Sportmedizin 2013/5
Sportmedizinische Nachrichten 2013/09.

Strain hardening of fascia: Static stretching of dense fibrous connective tissues can induce a temporary stiffness increase accompanied by enhanced matrix hydration
Schleip R, Duerselen L, Vleeming A, Naylor IL, Lehmann-Horn F, Zorn A, Jaeger H, Klingler W. J Bodyw Mov Ther 16(1): 94-100 (2012)

Faszientraining: Mythen, Fakten und neue Fragestellungen
Schleip R, Kongress Abstract

Schleip R, Klingler W: Stiffnessregulation fasziealer Gewebe: Gibt es einen Faszientonus?
Kaptitelbeitrag in:Arampatis A, et al. (Hrsg.): Active Health: Bewegung ist gesund

Fascia as a sensory organ: Clinical applications
Schleip R, Terra Rosa Emag No. 20

Foreword to: Myofascial Manipulation - Theory and Clinical Application
3rd edition, by R.J. Cantu, A.J. Grodin, R.W.Stanborough, 2012, Foreword by R.Schleip

A journey in fascia wonderland with Robert Schleip: Bridging the gap between clinicians and scientists
AMT eJournal, April 2014

Im Gespräch mit Dr. Robert Schleip
(inkl. Update über neuere Entwicklungen), DO - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Osteopathie, 2/2010

11 Fragen rund um Faszien
Experten-Interview in gesundheit.de

Faszien - Verletzungen, Therapie und Training
Dennenmoser S., "Osteopathische Medizin

Faszien und Interozeption
Schleip R & Jäger H, Osteopathische Medizin 15(3) 25-30 (2014)
Fascia as an organ of communication
Schleip R. Massage Research, Jan. 2013

Hinweise auf eine fasziale Rhythmizität
Schleip R. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Osteopathie 4/2010

Die Bedeutung der Faszien in der manuellen Therapie
Schleip R. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Osteopathie 1/2004

Faszien und Nervensystem
Schleip R. Osteopatische Medizin 1/2003

Physical thoughts about structure: The elasticity of fascia
Adjo Zorn PhD

Foreword to: Fascial Manipulation
Practical Part, 3rd edition, by Luigi Stecco & Carla Stecco, Padua 2009, Foreword by R.Schleip

Interview with Robert Schleip in 'Brain Science Podcast
Facination Fascia, by Dr. Ginger Campbell, December 2007

The European Fascia Research Project
November 2005, Yearbook 2006 of the International Association for Structural Integrators

Why do we hold up the lower arms while running?
Structural Integration 31(4): 4-10 (2003), Adjo Zorn PhD

Media Reports


Bindegewebe: Unserer innerer Halt
Hania Luczak, GEO Heft 2/2015

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Faszien: Geschmeidiges Gewebe,
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Forum Spitzenmedizin, 14.7.2016

spiegel online logo 460 64 Bindegewebsnetz: "Faszien müssen stimuliert werden"

Spiegel Online / Frank Joung / 31.01.2014



"Ein fehlender Mosaikstein"
Der Faszienforscher Schleip spricht im Interview über mangelnde Beweglichkeit.             30.5.2017

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Therapeuten: Dr. Robert Schleip, Faszienforscher
GEO Wissen Gesundheit Nr. 5
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 Wie Bindegewebs-Training bei Rückenscherzen hilft
Von Sibylle Hübner-Schroll

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Sportmedizin: Bedeutung des Bindegewebe
SWP.de / KLAUS VESTEWIG / 18.11.2014


          BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH: Cell Biology Meets Rolfing (PDF)

Science 318(5854):1234, 23 Nov. 2007


BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH: From Rolfer to Researcher
(same link like above, page1235)

Science 318(5854):1235, 23 Nov. 2007

sportmedicine Connective Tissues in Sports Medicine, April 2013
Rückenschmerzen: Faszien im Zentrum der Aufmerksamkeit.

Medical Tribune Austria 41(13); 27.März 2009



Faszinierende Faszien: Die Entdeckung des Bindegewebes

Barmer GEK 2/2016

Faszien - ein aktives Organsystem

uni ulm intern, Februar 2008

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How a Mysterios Body Part Called Fascia Is Challenging Medicine

io9 Daily Explainer, 7/29/14


Vom Aschenputtel ins Rampenlicht: Das Bindegewebe im Mittelpunkt neu erwachten Forscher-Interesses

Osteopathische Medizin, Januar 2008


Das Bindegewebe im Mittelpunkt neu erwachten Interesses: Aufbruchstimmung in der Forschung

Komplementäre u. Integrative Medizin - Ärtzezeitschrift für Naturheilverfahren, Januar 2008

Vladimir Janda-Preis für Ulmer Wissenschaftler

Janda Award for Ulm Scientists

idw - Informationsdienst Wissenschaft 7.5.2007

Triggern auch Faszien den Rückenschmerz?

Medical Tribune (Deutsche Ausgabe) 43(4):8; 25.Jan. 2008

Neue Erkenntnisse über Faszien werden Kongress in Harvard beschäftigen

uni ulm intern, August 2007



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