WHAT IS THE FASCIA?
Fascia is a tough connective tissue that spreads through the body like a three-dimensional spider web. If extends from head to
toe and front to back in a continuous sheath of tissue that surrounds all of your internal organs, bones, muscles, nerves, lymph and blood vessels. It is made up of collagen and elastin fibers supported in a gelatinous matrix that infuses the muscles down to the cellular level. The body is made up of approximately 70 trillion cells, and the fascia is responsible for holding them all
together in their proper alignment.
Injury, physical or emotional trauma, muscle imbalance, poor postural alignment, and inflammation can cause the fascia to tighten, shorten, thicken and adhere, producing tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures, creating pain and dysfunction. Research has proven that the weight of a single human hair placed upon a nerve impairs the nerve’s rate of conduction. Imagine how this relates to fascial restrictions, and what could amount to devastating results if not addressed appropriately.
When fascia becomes restricted locally, it then pulls or ‘borrows tissues’ from other areas of the body to remain functional. This is like pulling threads on a knit sweater, which causes the other threads to reorganize along lines of tension. This can trigger symptoms such as pain, tingling, and burning anywhere along the line of tension, due to the fascia binding or compressing pain sensitive structures. This binding and compression feels much like wearing a straight jacket.
By releasing restriction, binding and compression throughout the fascial system, MFR may restore the efficiency of the neuromuscular elements of the tissue, to promote healing and restore natural function.