The fabric of our being
Fascia (aka connective tissue), surrounds, supports, and infuses every muscle, organ, blood vessel, nerve, and bone in the body, down to a cellular level. In response to direct trauma, repetitive stress, and disease processes, fascia tightens and hardens over time. This restricted tissue then begins to pull & compress adjacent structures, causing additional pain and adverse symptoms.
It has been estimated that fascial restrictions can have a tensile strength of up to 2000 pounds per square inch; this amount of pressure can literally crush vital structures enveloped in a restriction. Since the fascial system runs throughout the body from head to toe, it can cause a significant amount of pain in any system (e.g. muscular, skeletal, neurological, vascular, circulatory, digestive, etc.), which manifests itself as unexplained pain in other areas of the body.
Restrictions anywhere in the fascial system can cause:
- abnormal sensation
- compromised blood flow
- decreased muscular strength & range of motion
- lost function.
See for yourself how dynamic live fascia really is!
- The following video is an except from educational DVD, "Interior Architectures", by French Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Jean- Claude Guimberteau, MD. See live fascia. Magnified 25 times using an endoscopy HD camera.