KNEAD YOUR FASCIA.
Your fascia needs you...
Fascia is now the most studied tissue in human movement science. Fascial restrictions are the root cause of the most common aches and pains associated with aging and wear and tear. If you take care of your fascia your fascia will take care of you.
Fascia, according to the International Congress of Fascia Research (Findley and Schleip 2007) is "the soft tissue component of the connective tissue system that permeates the human body." Human fascia is pervasive; it surrounds your muscles, arteries, veins, lymphatics, nerves, organs, brain, spinal cord, and bones. It is involved in practically every function of your body, both internally and externally.
There are superficial layers, deep layers, and subserous layers of fascia in the human body. Fascia has varying degrees of fluidity.
Look at some of the following facts about your fascia or fascial organ system.
- holds four gallons of water
- is neurally dense and represents 70% of your nervous system
- is 100% sensory and responds three times faster than nerves
- is incredibly strong, made of collagen and elastin fibers
- "can exert tensile pressures of up to 2000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures" - John Barnes, PT (www.myofascialrelease.com)
Andrew Taylor Still MD, founder of osteopathic medicine in 1892, said the following about fascia:
- "sheathes, permeated , divides and sub-divides every portion of all animal bodies; surrounding and penetrataing every muscle and all its fibers - every artery, and every fiber."
- "gives all muscles help to glide over and around all adjacent muscles and ligaments"
- Fascia functions by "secreting and excreting fluid vital and destructive. By its action we live and by its failure we shrink, swell and die... This connecting substance must be free at all parts to receive and discharge all fluids, if healthy to appropriate and use in sustaining animal life, and eject all impurities that health may not be impaired by the dead and poisoning fluids." - Still, 1899