What is Fascia?

Fascia is a thin, sticky, almost translucent film that wraps around muscle tissue, organs,
bones, nerves, blood and lymph vessels, and every cell of the body. It is a 3 dimensional
web which extends continuously from head to toes without interruption. It wraps
around fibrils, fibers, bundles of fibers, and the structures themselves, and then goes
on to form tendons and ligaments. It is the tissue that holds all the other parts
together. It gives shape to and supports all of the body.

It is comprised of collagen & elastin fibrils and extracellular fluid called ground
substance. The collagen gives support, shape and stability. The elastin gives dynamic
The ground substance provides cushion and is, under normal conditions, of a gelatinous
like consistency that transports metabolic material through the body. Ground substance
makes up the bulk of the extracellular matrix.

Fascia is the primary communication source of all cellular activity. It regulates vital
functions such as temperature, water, mineral and bioelectrical energy balance
including glycolysis and respiration. It determines the extracellular environment
providing nutrition and oxygen to cells, eliminating waste, and is a part of every
inflammatory and defense process.

Fascia’s Response to Trauma

Much of all movement dysfunction arises from adaptations the Myofascial system makes
in response to trauma. As trauma occurs in the system many changes take place in the
Myofascial complex. The elastin loses resiliency & pliability and becomes restricted. The
collagen fibers increase in production and become dense and fibrous. Neural and
vascular structures can become entrapped in these fascial restrictions causing
neurological symptoms and ischemic conditions. The ground substance dehydrates &
solidifies causing cellular disease.

Myofascial restrictions occur from trauma, surgery, inflammation, stress, etc. These
restrictions can exhort pressures up to 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive
structures that do not show up on any standardized tests (xrays, MRIs, CAT Scans,
electromyography, etc). Over time this can lead to poor biomechanics, altered
structural alignment, decreased strength & coordination, inflexibility, abnormal
craniosacral motion, headaches and pain.
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