What is fascia? What does it do? Why do we have it? What are some fascia treatment? Fascia serves a very important function for the soft tissue in our bodies. With more and more research done about the function of our bodies doctors are finally understand that our fascia just isn't something to cut through to get to our muscle, ligaments and tendons.
Fascia is a jelly like substance that is made from collagen and elastin. When the fascia is alive it looks like a large spider web.
While we are a fetus in our mother’s womb fascia is the first soft tissue that is formed. And the layout of the fascia is used as the mold for all our soft tissue and internal organs. Our fascia helps to keep our organs in their proper place, gives our soft tissue the ability to glide and move over each other and gives your nerves and blood vessels a protected layer.
Fascia has a big job! But what happens when we get injured? It changes the structure. It only takes 17 minutes after an injury for your fascia to change its shape. And when your mold changes aka fascia, it also disrupts the function of all your soft tissue. With injury the fascia can turn into super glue. This becomes a big problem, because now your muscles, ligaments, and tendons can’t move correctly. Then what ends up happening a single or groups of muscles are now doing a job that they aren't meant to do. And those poor muscles are now being over worked and under paid. On the flip side you are also getting muscles that are being lazy free loaders. This is just the beginning of your pain patterns. It is no accident that after an injury you start to notice other aches and pains start to creep up.
But there is hope. When injuries are taken care of in the early stages it an easy fix. Some of the most common fascia treatment modalities are; massage and chiropractic are great choices for cutting those fascia changes at the pass. For older injuries you may want to look into myofascial release and chiropractic. But whatever type of bodywork you choose you need to give the practitioner a chance to figure out your pain patterns. Once your pain patterns have been figured out then the perfect treatment plan can be designed just for you.
Have you had an injury and you noticed a real change in how your body functions? Are you back to 100% now or are you still a work in progress? What are the fascia treatment therapies that are working the best for you? Please share in the comment section below.