The Fascial System
Fascia is a three-dimensional web of connective tissue that
runs uninterrupted from head to toe-from the surface of the skin down to the nucleus of the
Fascia is the environment for all other specialized structures
in the body. Fascia surrounds and interpenetrates every organ, muscle, bone, blood vessel, lymph vessel, and
nerve. It surrounds and penetrates every cell, forming the cytoskeleton of each cell.
It's design allows for constant adaptation, balance and support, and
fluid movement. We can now see how it is microtubles carrying fluid that is part of the network of communication
from cell to cell.
All injuries, repetative strain, and stress initiate
an inflammatory process, causing fascia to tighten. This can create tensile forces upwards of 2000 pounds per
square inch. This crushing pressure creates pain, pulls tissue from it's normal position, and doesn't allow
for the free expansion and contraction required for optimal functioning.
However, these fascial restrictions cannot be seen with
standard testing equipment such as x-rays, CT scans, electromyography, MRI's, etc. Therefore, such
restrictions are usually ignored or misdiagnosed, and referrals are not made to appropriately trained
Because fascia is interconnected, trauma, scarring, or
abnormal tension in one area can cause tensile forces to be exerted upon and felt by adjacent
pain-sensitive structures, as well as on structures far from the original site of injury. That is why your
practitioner may work are areas other than the place of your concern.