We are Fascia! Fascia is a 3-dimensional tough connective tissue that spreads through the body in an interconnected web, surrounding every cell in our body, including every muscle, nerve, blood vessel, organ and bone.
It is made up of collagen and elastin fibers supported in a gelatinous matrix that infuses muscles down to the cellular level. It runs from the top of our heads down to the tips of our toes.
Fascia is affected by trauma, whether physical or emotional, chronic poor posture, or inflammation creates tension in the fascia causing it to harden locally. But, because it is essentially an interconnected web, this then pulls into other areas of the body, much like when you pull threads on a sweater causing all the other threads to organize along lines of tension. This can create an array of symptoms such as pain, tingling, or burning some distance from the originally affected area as the strong fascia binds down on pain sensitive structures like nerves and blood vessels. The body loses its flexibility and orientation in space becomes compromised, so it needs more energy just to stay upright and function. As this process continues organ systems may be compromised, stress may not be as easily managed and chronic pain can set in… feeling as if one was wearing a straight jacket.
Standard testing procedures such as X-rays, CAT scans, etc., do not reveal fascial restrictions. It is generally agreed that a high percentage of people suffering with pain, headaches, fibromyalgia or lack of motion may have issues caused by fascia restrictions that go undetected or misdiagnosed.