Fascia – the miracle organ
Have you ever wondered what are those white lines running through your steak? That is the fascia. A connective tissue structure that runs everywhere in your body. This tissue is responsible for the stability of your body and facilitates fluid and nutrient exchange within the body. It also gives shape to the body and runs around your organs, muscles, and bones and facilitates neurologic communication in the body.
Because the fascia is such a complex thing it is impossible to provide an accurate definition of it. It’s kind of like the membrane around each section of an orange which acts as a layer of protection around muscles, organs, and other structures. It is one continuous web that runs through our entire body, head to toe, without interruption. Because of this connection, pain or discomfort in one area of the body can be due to issues with the fascia in another.
What is fascia?
According to Schleip, a German fascia researcher, the fascia is a sheet or any other dissectible aggregation of connective tissue that forms beneath the skin to attach, enclose and separate muscles and other organs. Other fascia researchers call the fascia an organ that has unimaginable influences at the level of the entire body.
Thomas W. Myers, the author of “Anatomy trains”, writes in his book, “Whatever else they may be doing individually, muscles also influence functionally integrated body-wide continuities within the fascial webbing. These sheets and lines follow the warp and weft of the body’s connective tissue fabric, forming traceable meridians of the fascia. Stability, strain, tension, fixation, resilience, and – most pertinent to this text – postural compensation, are all distributed via these lines.”