James River Myofascial Release
Myofascial Release in Richmond, VA!!

What is Fascia?

Fascia or connective tissue is a wholeFascia or Connective Tissue is a whole body web! body system. The fascial system is a  continuous and uninterrupted web. From head to toe. This is why symptoms can be coming directly from somewhere else in that is seemingly unrelated. 

Fascia supports, separates, and protects every structure of the body (muscle, bone, nerves, arteries and veins, organs). All the way down to every single cell of the body. This means it has influence with everything that happens in your body.

Fascia Is Often Ignored By Medical Professionals


Why? Myofascial restrictions do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.) Anatomy labs pay more attention to all the other parts of the body vs. the fascial system. Symptoms of myofascial restrictions get misdiagnosed, undiagnosed, or considered "all in the patient's head". 

Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures, like nerves. OUCH!!


Healthy Fascia....

Healthy fascia is spacious and supportive!
Optimal space, symmetry, and balance

.....is spacious, elastic, balanced, and responsive. Via tensegrity, fascia beautifully adapts and flows within our constant interaction with the world.

For example, looking at the picture above, the tent cordage(fascia) supports the tent(bone, muscle, organs, nerves, veins and arteries) with balanced strength.


Why is fascia a big deal with pain? 

Myofascial restrictions cause pain, poor posture, and dysfunction!
Strain, congestion, poor function, fatigue

If fascia becomes unhealthy, known as a fascial adhesion, it starts to function like beef jerky. Brittle, inflexible, compressive, and dehydrated.

For example, looking at the pic above, when the cordage(fascia) falters, the tent(bone, muscle, organs, nerves, veins and arteries) becomes less stable in some areas and compressed in other areas.

Functional space is compromised. This can result in pain, discomfort, restricted movement, poor posture, poor breathing, poor digestion and elimination, low energy, and various other forms of dysfunction. 


A wonderful visual of living fascia!!

Used by permission of Dr. Jean-Cleaude Guimbarteau, MD.

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