Fascia is a 3 dimensional web of dense connective tissue, that is surrounded by a fluid. This allows it to slide and glide, but it has integrally a high tensile strength.
Fascia surrounds every tissue, muscle, tendon, nerve, blood vessel and organ of the body. It encapsulates the whole body offering a matrix of structural support.
In a healthy state the fascia can be relaxed and wavy in its configuration, therefore being able to allow for movement. Injury, illness or surgery can cause a thickening or ‘densification’ of the fascia, and can lead to pain and restriction of movement far away from the original site of damage.
Fascial restrictions do not show up on scans or x-rays and often go undiagnosed, but its altered function can cause pain and restriction sometimes in multiple areas.
Treatment focuses on returning the correct mobility to the fascia, so it can regain its elasticity and ability to glide. Fascial manipulation works on key areas and specific points of thickening of the fascia, to restore tensional balance. The technique uses a deep massage focal to these fascial points, and can often be far away from where the pain manifests itself.