A common misconception about the human structure is that we are mostly made up of muscles and bones, and it is our skeletal system that holds us up and our muscular system giving us the ability to move our body parts. In actuality, it is connective tissue that comes in many forms that supports our structure and gives our bodies their shape.
Bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons are the flexible forms of firm connective tissue. Blood, lymph, and cerebrospinal fluid are liquid connective tissue. Fascia forms into many of these specialized parts of connective tissue. It makes up around 60% of our bodyweight. Everything within the body is embedded in fascia. Imagine dipping a body into a container that dissolved everything but the connective tissue, what you will see is a body with hollowed areas where the muscles, organs, bones, and etc. should be. Reducing the body to its connective tissue framework will show a wholly interconnected fascial structure with a place for everything. Fascia looks like sheaths of connective tissue that envelop everything in the body. Every muscle, organ, bone, blood and nerve vessel is ensheathed in fascia. A great visual aid is picturing how a sandwich looks when tightly wound in seran or plastic wrap and how it keeps all the sandwich’s contents together.
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Fascia consists mostly of a protein called collagen. Healthy fascia is very hydrated and has a viscous,semi-fluid, and elastic quality to it. The elastic sheets assist in free movement of the body’s different parts. As tension and rigidity set into a particular body part, the fascia will harden, rigidify, and becomeglue-like. The fascia loses its elasticity and degenerates and eventually glues to other fascial layers, hindering rather than facilitating movement and flexibility of body parts. As a result, your range of movement lessens and pain sets in, and rigidity becomes a familiar feeling in your body that we have come to associate with the aging process. Fascia isstress-responsiveand adapts to any of the demands set on its tone and chemistry, and soon enough, the pain, tension, and rigidity is permanent and your ailments are deemed chronic.
Because of the gel-likecharacteristic of collagen, the pain, tension, and rigidity can be released by changing the quality of the fascia. Much like gelatin dessert, fascia can change from a gel-likestate, back into a semi-solublestate, and back and forth again. Areas of tension and rigidity have decreased blood flow, decreased lymph drainage, more buildup of waste products (uric and lactic acid), and smaller spaces due to compression between fascial planes. Through the use of manipulation and pressure (mechanical energy), hardened fascia is restored to its liquefied state bringing back flexibility and freedom to that area, restoring ease and fluidity throughout the entire body.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]