Our fascia is a unique system of connective tissue within the body. Under a microscope, the fibrous strands of our fascial “web” look similar to a spider's web or a sweater. This dense connective network covers and penetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, and our internal organs such as the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord.
Our fascial system is not just a system of separate muscle coverings, but one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. With this understanding, we can begin to see that each part of the body is connected to every other part via the fascia! Just like in a cobweb or the yarn in a sweater.
Trauma, inflammation, injury, and surgical procedures can all contribute to the formation of adhesions, density, and scar tissue in our fascia, thus producing tension and compression within our structure. When subject to tension and compression, our body begins to lose it’s fight with gravity, often resulting in chronic pain, and various postural dysfunctions.