29 Jan 2024

The importance of taking care of your Fascia. 

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What Exactly is Fascia?

Let’s talk about fascia – it’s like your body’s internal guide wire network. Imagine a web that stretches from your head to your toes, connecting everything in between. This isn’t just any web; it’s strong, flexible, and holds everything together right under your skin and around your muscles and organs.

Fascia’s Different Layers and Their Roles

Fascia is made up of several layers, each with its own job:

  • Superficial Fascia: This is the layer right under your skin. It’s like a cushion that stores fat and water and helps your skin move and bend smoothly. It also acts as a path for your blood vessels and nerves.
  • Deep Fascia: Think of this as your body’s internal support system. It wraps around your muscles, bones, and nerves, giving them strength and helping you keep your shape. This layer plays a big part in how you move and hold yourself up.
  • Visceral Fascia: This layer takes care of your internal organs, kind of like a soft, supportive hammock. It keeps everything in place inside your body, ensuring your organs stay where they should be.

These layers work together, making sure you can move, bend, and stretch while keeping everything inside safe and secure. Fascia is a hidden hero in your body, involved in almost everything you do!

More About Fascia’s Important Jobs in Your Body..

Fascia is kind of like your body’s multitasking champion. Here’s what it does:

  • Plantar Fascia: This is a special band of fascia in your foot. It’s like a built-in shock absorber that supports the arch of your foot, especially when you walk or run.
  • Ligaments and Tendons: Fascia is the key ingredient in making ligaments and tendons. Ligaments are like strong ropes that hold your bones together, while tendons connect your muscles to your bones.
  • Myofascial System: This is where your muscles team up with fascia. Think of it as a partnership that helps you move smoothly and keeps everything in the right place.
  • Support for Blood Vessels and Nerves: Fascia is like a pathway or a tunnel for your blood vessels and nerves. It helps organise them so they can travel through your body, which is super important for your blood flow and feeling things.

All these roles make fascia super important for keeping you moving and feeling great!

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What Happens When You Don’t Take Care of Your Fascia?

Fascia, the fibrous connective tissue that surrounds and intertwines with muscles, bones, and organs, plays a pivotal role in our overall health. When fascia isn’t properly maintained, it can lead to a range of issues affecting not just our physical structure but also our general wellbeing.

Consequences of Neglecting Fascia Health

  • Restricted Movement and Pain: Unhealthy fascia tightens and becomes bound, leading to restricted movement. This can cause pain syndromes like myofascial pain syndrome, characterised by chronic pain in the muscles and surrounding connective tissue.
  • Impact on Muscles and Joints: The fascia layers, including the superficial and deep fascial layers, provide form and function to every part of the body. Tight fascia can result in muscle and joint pain, often leading to conditions like plantar fasciitis, characterised by heel pain, or compartment syndrome, which involves increased pressure within a fascial compartment.
  • Scar Tissue Formation: Unhealthy fascia can lead to the development of scar tissue, which causes further limitations in mobility and can exacerbate pain.
  • Fascia and Nerve Health: Fascia plays a critical role in nerve function. When fascia becomes unhealthy, it can affect nerve capacity, potentially leading to tingling, numbness, or more severe nerve-related issues.
  • Effect on Organs: Fascia surrounds organs and is involved in their support and function. Unhealthy fascia can influence organ function, potentially leading to various internal health issues.
  • Reduced Sensory Function: As noted by Robert Schleip, the fascia is rich in sensory nerves. Unhealthy fascia can diminish this sensory capacity, affecting our body awareness and coordination.

Keeping Your Fascia Healthy

  • Regular Movement and Stretching: Stretch frequently to maintain the elasticity of the fascia. Gentle, consistent stretching eases muscle tension and keeps the fascia supple.
  • Hydration and Nutrition: Keeping hydrated helps maintain the viscoelasticity of the fascial system. Hyaluronic acid, a component of fascia, is particularly reliant on adequate hydration.
  • Heat Therapy: Applying heat can help relax tight fascia, improving flexibility and reducing pain.
  • Professional Therapies: Therapies such as myofascial release therapy can be effective in maintaining healthy fascia, especially for addressing specific issues like back pain or joint stiffness.
  • Regular Exercise: Exercise helps maintain the structure and function of the fascial system, ensuring that it can properly contract and stretch.

More on ‘Restricted’ Fascia

Restricted fascia can cause aches and pains, imbalance and mind, body, and soul discomfort. Fascia restrictions come hand in hand with trapped nerves, which is why Chiropractic and Massage work so well together. It can also affect the efficient flow of blood and lymph, thus slowing down our bodies’ own healing power.

Surgery for example creates scar tissue. Scar tissue is a restriction. It acts as a rigid barrier within the fascial web, compressing nerves/blood vessels, inhibiting movement and restricting a fluid passageway. The result of scar tissue may manifest in physiological or physical dysfunction.

Myofascial release aims to restore these restrictions within the body and has been found to melt away scar tissue. The release can be quite profound.  Due to the fascia’s immense memory we can hold restrictions in our body for a long time without knowing.

Restoring the fascia back to its truest and happiest from can create a huge positive shift both physical and mentally.

How can we help?

At Kasa Chiropractic, our commitment is to provide you with top-notch treatment and expert advice. Conveniently situated in Clifton, Bristol, we’re here to assist you on your journey to better health. Ready to experience the difference? Simply give us a call at 0808 503 7501, or click here to book an appointment directly. Want to learn more about our range of chiropractic services? Discover more here. We look forward to welcoming you and helping you achieve your wellness goals.

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