Fascia is the body’s connective tissue, also known as tendons, ligaments and myofascia. It is a head to toe, inside to out, interwoven system of fibrous connective tissue found throughout the body. We all have a layer of fascia (myofascia) directly beneath the skin that completely covers the body and as one connective system, a trauma to the ankle can cause tension in the neck.
The traditional view has been that fascia in the human body was passive, with its function to only “hold things together” and transmit mechanical force. This concept is now out-of-date.
Recent studies have shown how fascia contributes to movement pain, injuries, biomechanics, awareness and is often the cause of neuropathy. Fascia is an amazing anatomical system of high significance to human movement.
When you have fascial adhesion and distortions, you can also have poor blood flow, constricted nerves flow, limited ROM, and PAIN. Fascia doesn’t really respond to traditional stretching, as the tissue usually becomes too irritated when it is stretched receptively (repetitive motion trauma/RMT). Manual myofascial therapies (massage/cupping/guasha/RRT) can help improve the remodeling of the tissues and improve mobility between the fascial layers without RMT. So when you come in for a massage, we are not just working your muscles, we are working your fascia!