2009 Dissection

Twenty of us have gathered at Todd Garcia’s Laboratory for Anatomical Enlightenment in Denver – mostly KMI practitioners, but with a good smatteirng of movement teachers as well.  Todd has brought in a retired podiatrist, Penelope, who is helping us all with dissection, especially with the feet.

I cannot give you any photos or video rushes (we’re heading for a ‘new and improved’ dissection DVD by the end of the year, though).  This encounter with a gift of our form from the dead is always deep – my own death and that of those I love always comes up – but I am leaving those issues for later or another spot.

For those interested, here are a couple of highlights from our first couple of days:

1) We’ve been having trouble getting the upper Superficial Front Line to go from the pubis to the mastoid process without significant ‘holes’ (places where the fascia is so stuck down to the underlying bone – in the SFL case the sternum and the sternochondral joints with the ribs).  Jeff Mahadeen, Gerald Brasile, and Jackie Wayda, however, found a specimen where the sternalis was so hefty that he was able to dissect out an SFL intact with no holes, just like the first edition says it is.  This is funny to me, because we had been so unsuccessful with this to date – the sternalis is often absent or too fascially flimsy for the job – that I left it out of the second edition.  Now, suddenly, thanks to Jeff and this donor, I have an excellent example of what I originally proposed, but abandoned when the ugly facts did not fit my beautiful theory.

Here’s a beautiful picture to fit my now ugly ducking theory – thanks to Jeff, Jackie, and Gerald!

2) Todd, working with speedy patience as always, took out the first example of the Back Functional Line from the fresh-tissue cadaver.  From the latissimus across the throacolumbar fascia to the gluteus on the other side.  I have not gone for this line before because it seemed so ‘obvious’, and Vleeming had already detected a line of tension in the fascia from latissimus to contralateral gluteus.  But it was interesting nevertheless how difficult it was to get the connection across the midline where all the fascia was tacked down to the buried lumbar spinous processes.  The resulting specimen was good, but more flimsy than the connection from the splenius to the contralateral rhomboids farther up the spine.


On the right you see the latissimus dorsi, connecting to the right humerus.  In the middle is the superficial lamina of the thoracolumbar and sacral fascia.  The hole is where is was tightly tied to the PSIS (where your dimple is above your bum).  On the left is the gluteus maximus, with the connection into the iliotibial tract (top left) and the lateral intermuscular septum between the vastus lateralis and the biceps femoris (lower left).  Can’t see the difference?  That’s because they are part and parcel of the same fascia.


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