MUSCLE IQ BLOG

WHAT IS FASCIA?

(Watch the ONE MINUTE introductory video above and then scroll down to see the other videos)

Time Length: 1 Min

Fascia is rapidly becoming a popular topic of discussion in the world of physical therapy and Injury Rehabilitation. It is found throughout the body, directly below the skin and deeper. It is a whitish colored band of connective tissue. Fascia wraps around and envelops our entire body, as well as each individual muscle, tendon, and organ and it provides a link to our bones.

(Watch the next video below to see what Fascia looks like in the living body)

 

 

VIDEO OF LIVING FASCIA

Video Length: 90 seconds

The first videos of living fascia inside the human body were filmed by Jean-Claud Guimbereau, a Hand Surgeon from Bordeu, France.

These pictures have changed the way Physical Therapists and medical specialists view fascia. What was previously thought of as an unimportant tissue that is quickly removed and discarded during cadaver studies is becoming acknowledged as a vital part in the function of the body, the structural stability of the body, and is accepted now as the body's internal sensory organ.

(Wash the next video below to see how Fascia is like a Grapefruit. )

 

 

FASCIA IS LIKE A GRAPEFRUIT

Video Length: 2 mins.

Fascia is like the white fibrous lines in a grapefruit. When you cut a grapefruit in half you see the flesh of the fruit and also the white lines or fibrous components that divide the grapefruit into segments. The fascia in our bodies performs the same function. It holds the muscles together and keeps the different muscles seperated. The fascia in our bodies is what holds the shape of our body.

(Watch the next video below to see why exercise is vital for healthy fascia)

 

 

 

EXERCISE IS VITAL FOR HEALTHY FASCIA


Video Length: 2 mins

Our tissues stiffen up when we do not move enough. This is a commonly accepted idea. This video shows proof now of why this happens. These researchers performed an experiment where they take a picture of the fascia in an arm, then they put the arm in a cast for two weeks. They then take another picture of the same fascia and there is a dramatic difference. The fascia has become thicker and matted due to overgrowth of the collegen fibers in the fascia. This over-proliferation of connective tissue results in a loss of function. This proves that exercise is essential in maintaining healthy fascia. When we do not move a body part the fascia in that area grows thicker and sticks together and will not function correctly.

(Watch the next video below to see how pain is correlated with fascia sliding)

 

 

 

PAIN OCCURS WHEN FASCIA DOES NOT SLIDE

Video Length: 90 seconds

The fascia in our bodies is found in layers. When we move, they slide back and forth. The researcher in this video has discovered that patients with back pain have less sliding of the fascia than people without back pain. Normal fascial tissue can slide about 75% of the length of the layers of fascia. When there is too much collegen the sliding becomes more difficult and is reduced to about 50%. This is what is she has found in patients with low back pain.

(Watch the video below to see how fascia is like a inner-sense organ.)

 

FASCIAIS A SENSORY ORGAN

Video Length: 3 min.

Researchers are now thinking that the origin of low back pain could be the lumbar fascia. The fascia surrounding our body is full of countless pain receptors. Fascia is now believed to be our key organ of sensory perception inside the body. What does this mean? It means that anytime you are feeling pain in the body it is probably coming from the fascia. That is why treatment of pain should always include treatment of the fascia.