what is fascia?

Fascia is a densely woven covering that exists from head to foot covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs. Since it surrounds and attaches to all structures, it plays an important role in the support of our bodies.

In its normal healthy state, fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When one experiences physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body.

Trauma, such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture and repetitive stress injuries has cumulative effects on the body. The changes trauma causes in the fascial system influences comfort and function of our body.

Fascial restrictions can exert excessive pressure causing all kinds of symptoms producing pain and/or restriction of motion. Such restrictions do not show up in many of the standard tests and yet affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.