Fascia is the tough, connective tissue system that creates a three-dimensional web extending without interruption from head to toe.
Fascia surrounds and infuses every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel and organ in the body, all the way down to the cellular level.
The fascial system can affect every system and function in the body- muscular, cellular, neurological, metabolic, etc. The impact of unhealthy fascia on your body is profound!
Fascia is composed of an Elasto-collagenous complex which has three parts:
1. Elastin- The most elastic part of the complex. It makes up the core of the complex. 2. Collagen- Thesefibers are extremely tough and give support to the structure. They coilaround the elastic fibers in a relaxed, wavy configuration . 3. Ground substance/Matrix- A gelatinous like component that transports metabolic material through the body and also acts like a cushion.
When the fascial system is healthy and functioning well, its acts as the primary support system of the body, stabilizing and cushioning muscles, bones, organs, and all other systems within it. Healthy fascia is a beautiful, moving system, and creates space through which delicate nerves, blood vessels and fluids pass.
When fascia is restricted through trauma, repetitive motions, poor posture, repetitive positions, scar tissue, and/or the inflammatory process, this flowing, powerful system can become solidified. Think of taffy hardening. Fascia will thicken or reinforce in these areas of stress and, in turn,shorten the connective tissue, causing a fascial restriction.
Fascial restrictions have the capability of putting 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch in a restricted area. That pressure can compromise any system in the body,causing pain and dysfunction.