If you’re reading this there’s a high chance you’ve heard of the term fascia. You may be a little confused as to what fascia really is.
Medically, the term fascia means a sheet or band of fibrous tissue that lies deep beneath the skin or invests muscles and various body organs. Fascia is so unique because it functions as a lubricating surface between every muscle group and the fiber of each individual muscle. It connects every bone, nerve and organ, every major system and subsystem of the human body. It adapts itself to the way in which an individual uses their body, relaying information related to sensory motor, movement and sensation to the brain. Imagine fascia as the suit that wraps throughout the entire body and essentially acts as one of the largest and most important sensory organs.
Interestingly, not only does it connect everything together, but there is a large amount of ongoing research that states fascia never forgets, it records and stores every stress, strain and injury to muscles fibres aka ‘trauma’.
According to Thomas Myers “fascia is the biological fabric that holds us together, the connective tissue network. You are about 70 trillion cells – neurons, muscle cells, epithelia – all humming in relative harmony; fascia is the 3-D spider web of fibrous, gluey, and wet proteins that binds them all together in their proper placement.”
Thomas Myers explains what fascia is in Fascia 101. Check it out.