Fascia Facts

“Fascia is the fascinating biological fabric and glue that holds us together.  Long ignored, the fascial system is now getting its rightful due of attention, from both therapists and researcher.” -Thomas Myers

     “The fascial system is actually one structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. When there is a tightening or restriction in one place, you can feel pain and dysfunction in another seemingly unrelated location.” -Todd Durkin

Left: Fascia connects everything.. so a tightness/restriction in the calves or hamstrings can cause problematic symptoms in the back, even into the skull

Myers talk about the fascial systems at BSMPG was great simply because it was Thomas Myers and because the fascia is probably one of the most misunderstood concepts in our field.  I can remember Mike Boyle describing how just stretching all the time is probably stupid if you’re not doing some type of soft tissue work.

Here are some facts about fascia that I came across:

  • Fascia is the most prevalent tissue in our body
  • The health and function of your joints and muscles is a direct result of your fascial condition
  • Fascia has rich nerve supply therefore circulation throughout the body can become restricted because of poor tissue quality
  • Untreated fascia obviously has many problems associated w/ it like more scar tissue formation, increased  nervous tissue & muscle tone.

Fascial Fitness takeaways for healthy fascia are to incorporate…

Full body movements

Long-chain movements

Dynamic pre-stretch counter movements

Use vector variations

Elastic rebound

Proprioceptive emphasis

Fascial changes take time to improve (6-24 months).  Consistency!

The crazy thing is that Myers states that we have just touched the on fascial research and that there is going to be much more out there in the future on this.  This information was provided by Thomas Myers at the seminar this past weekend and by listening to Perry Nickelston’s webinar on soft tissue strategies.  So thanks to them! 🙂



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