What is Fascia?
Fascia seems to be the buzzword amongst therapists, Chiropractors, physios and Osteopaths alike. Over the last decade the interest in fascia or more correctly myofascia has grown as studies have shown that it is really a very sophisticated and important anatomical structure. Fascia permeates every part of the body, it surrounds bone, organs, ligaments and tendons, it forms a honeycomb like matrix around and in muscle, and is used in every movement it is very strong and elastic in nature providing sensory feedback to the spinal cord and brain. Many years ago Anatomists used to cut it off and throw it into the bin when performing dissections and instructing students. They did not understand it’s importance and function.
superficial layer attaches to the fatty layer of areolar tissue beneath the skin and this whole unit of areolar tissue and deep fascia is described by some authorities as the superficial fascia. Other anatomists prefer to differentiate it from the areolar tissue. The deep fascia surrounds every muscle , ligament, tendon, organ and bone and is the translucent material we see in ajoint of meat.
When we injure ourselves the fascia may become more rigid and inelastic and may not function correctly, it often develops adhesions with surrounding structures. This may result in a loss of normal function in the spine or other joints and tissues.
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