Carla B Sottovia PHD addresses the postural and functional myofascial lines using ViPR.

Back and front functional lines

  • They are both activated during athletic activities.
  • Both lines have strong postural stabilizing functions in positions outside of the resting standing postures (e.g., yoga poses).
  • Both lines provide extra power and precision to the movements of the limbs by lengthening their lever arm by connecting them across the body to the opposite limb.

Myofascial tracks – back functional line

  • Latissimus dorsi
  • Lumbodorsal fascia
  • Sacral fascia
  • Vastus lateralis
  • Subpatellar tendon

Back Functional Line

Figure 3: Back functional line

Check out these exercises for the back functional line

Staggered stance with contralateral-anterior to posterior tilt

Steering Wheel Turns

Myofascial tracks – front functional line

  • Lower edge of pectoralis major
  • Lateral sheath of rectus abdominis
  • Adductor longus

Front Functional Line

Figure 4: Front functional line

      Check out these exercises for the front functional lines

Balance Shifts

Push Press – Split Squat

Make sure you come back to , Carla will be discussing the Lateral and Spiral  lines very soon!  If you missed it, check out her previous blog on the Superficial front and back lines.


1.      Myers T (2009), Anatomy Trains, 2nd edition.

2.      Lindsay M (2008), FasciaClinical Applications for Health and Human Performance.

3.      ViPR PT Movement Preparation Manual (2014).

4.      ViPR PT Lifting and Shifting for Strength Manual (2014).