by Dr. Chris Knudsen
Muscle IQ - Physical Therapy
This week's blog will focus on another YouTube video about Fascia. This video talks about the role of fascia in the stability of the human body and introduces the term biotensegrity.
The old idea: The skeleton is a structure that all muscle and tendons attach to and hang upon, where muscles and tendons work together mechanically to move the body.
The new idea: Fascia is a network of connective tissue that encloses everything in the human body, from muscles and bones to organs and cells. It is like a spiderweb of hard and soft parts, strong as steel but flexible as threads. The Fascia Network supports the body against gravitational forces, preventing us from collapsing.
Fascia is vital for balance and coordination. It contains neurons that signal pain throughout the nervous system. The fascia acts as a defense against shock. If you hit your foot the impact is distributed to your legs, knees, hip and back, through the fascia network.
Inflammation in the fascia leads to pain in the back. Studies show this is the case for pain throughout various parts of the body. It presents as whiplash, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis.
Conclusion: The Fascial Network helps in the stability of the human body and plays a role in every injury or bodily pain that we treat. At Muscle IQ we follow this principle of fascia in all our treatment and evaluation of pain in the body.
Learn more about fascia by clicking on the link below to go to our Fascia page on our website:
Check out my previous blog, too.