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What is Fascia?

” Fascia is a tough connective tissue which spreads throughout the body in a 3-dimensional web from head to feet without interruption. ”¬† All other body parts, such as the bones, muscles, organs, blood vessels and veins are enveloped by the fascia which “makes room”¬† for everything else. Fascia is as prevalent in our bodies as is the wax in a candle.

Trauma ( injury, surgery ), inflammatory responses ( injury, surgery, infection ), or habitual postures can create a binding down of fascia, resulting in myofascial restrictions as the fascia dehydrates. These restrictions can produce excessive¬†pressure on nerves, blood vessels, muscles, bones and organs – ” pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch. “

” Since many of the standard tests such as x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc, do not show the fascial restrictions, it is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed.”

The fascial restrictions causing the symptoms must be treated, NOT the symptoms. Treating only the symptoms does nothing to reduce/eliminate the ” straight-jacket ” effect of pressure caused by the restrictions. That is why so many people have short-lasting results and never seem to get better by using more traditional therapy. Medications only cover up the pain, allowing the fascial restrictions to persist and gradually worsen.

Check the video out below to see the actual tubules and microtubles of fascia just under the skin. Note how dynamic they can be, always ready to change and adapt to various forces applied to them; as well, note how delicate they appear.

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