What is Myofascia Myo = Muscle and fascia means a continuous band of connective tissue wrapping around and throughout the body. Think of the transparent tissue you see when you remove the skin n s chicken. That transparent fit is fascia, our bodies are made of fascia.
This is what we are working on to release in class. There is a massive science on using Myofacial release for chronic painful conditions and scar tissue through myofascial work.
Fascia is the system of connective tissue that lay just under the surface of our skin. Under the microscope, fascia is highly organised tissue filled with water, and its job is to attach, stables, enclose and separate muscles and internal organs.
Fascia is highly sensitive as it is fun of nerve cells, sensitive to every hormone in your system. with every repetive functional movement, the fascia reacts to every bump, bruise, physical and emotional trauma.
What is a Trigger Point: A build up of fascia cells creates inflammation, a nagging deep painful area known s Trigger Points in the body. Referral pain can occur in the body from a nerve run from one area to another part of the body where a Trigger Point may be. Trigger Points were discovered by Dr Janet Travel.
In class there are many exercise sections where we work deeply on releasing into the deeper layer of fascia targeting the release of Trigger Points.
Healthy fascia needs to be kept hydrated with water and movement. This allows the body tissue to change and heal. The worst thing you can do is sit around in a chair all day as you tighten up the body or stay in bed all the time from an injury. Facia creates our form, shaping and supporting us.
Think of fascia as a transparent cling film, a cob web covering every muscle, a web covering every muscle, a web of 3D connective tissue. The multi-dimensional matrix surrounds, intertwines, protects and supports every part of the body. Fascia is wrapped throughout the body in ‘lines of pull’. Think of one piece connecting from the brow to your toes, fingers to chest and neck.
The medical world is finally acknowledging that fascia restrictions cause chronic pain conditions. Yet in a clinical check, fascia restrictions cannot be seen on most MRI’s or X-Rays. Unless a superior MRI scanner or ultra sound is used.
Fascia is damaged by injury or trauma outward and inward to the body. For example, a fall, a collision, post surgery, repetitive physical stress and autoimmune conditions such as arthritis to emotional stress affects all effect the fascia system.
Fascia trauma causes fascia adhesions which leads to chronic pain, a change in joint motion (scar tissue) to change in bodily functions from digestion to elimination, headaches, arthritis including osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.
Daily movement is vital for fascia health! Even if you are injured, post-operative or live with a chronic painful condition it is vital to move and exerciseewhen possible for fascia health.
Lydia Campbell 2015.