If you slice open an orange, you can see the fine web of white fibers that gives the fruit its shape and holds the juice and flesh in place in the tiny sacs. Fascia plays a similar role in the human body. “What many people don’t know is that because of its many sensors for movement, position, tension, pressure and pain, fascia is our largest sensory organ and the main source of pain in the body”. This state many specialists working as occupational therapists or in-patient rehabilitation in orthopedics and neurology.
This is one of the missing links in the rehabilitation practice of many therapists nowadays, who insist to separate the body into different parts. For this reason, we have “shoulder specialists”, “knee specialists” and “liver specialists”. Splitting the body into different parts was very useful from a research and scientific analysis perspective but we forgot to put it back and look at the body as a system and fascia seems to be the missing link.
The old model of human biomechanics sees the body as a stack of brick, meaning the head sits on top of the spine and the spine sits on top of the pelvis, etc. The new model of human biomechanics is called tensegrity.
When you start looking at the body as a fascial system instead of a stack of bricks, you start understanding the interconnections between different parts of the body. You will finally be able to understand how the pain in your cervical spine could actually be coming from the hips or even feet.
The fascia performs the following tasks for our body: shapes, moves, communicates, supports and each individual function is to be trained differently.