Do you know that a three-dimensional network covers your whole body? This is how the fascia works

The fascia is a form of connective tissue that continually covers different organs and structures of the body, forming an interconnected network that links different structures.

It is a tissue that fulfills diverse functions and that, also, is exposed to suffer injuries, being also a structure susceptible to receive treatment. Let’s look a bit more about the fascial system …

Some Functions of the Fascia

  • Coating and protection of various structures, such as muscles and viscera.
  • Connection of structures, giving continuity to different systems of the organism.
  • Maintenance of the position of viscera and structures.
  • Helps maintain posture.
  • It helps to adapt to the mechanical forces received.
  • It allows the transmission of movements, thus connecting distant structures.

Therefore, the fascia is one more tissue, which must be taken into account when it comes to preventing and treating injuries. The fascia is susceptible to various mechanical problems, and may be related to the appearance or maintenance of injuries or discomfort, in daily life or in sports.

There are interesting studies that demonstrate the ability of the fascia to connect various structures. For example, by measuring the relationship between the movements of the pelvis and the displacement of the deep fascia of the inner twin. Or the movement at the fascia level in the lower limb when performing maximum cervical flexion.

These, and other studies on the subject, come to show how a movement may involve the slippage or involvement of distant structures. Therefore, for an injury, it is necessary to take into account these chains and make an assessment of distant structures that may be involved.

The fascia and its treatment

There are techniques of treatment within the so-called myofascial induction, which seek to locate and treat problems in which the fascia is affected, or can help to resolve a situation of discomfort or injury.

There are different techniques of evaluation and treatment of the fascial system, manual techniques applied by the physiotherapist and also some techniques and exercises that can be taught for the patient to perform.

This type of approach, as in physical therapy and in the field of health in general, should not be used in isolation, but within a prevention / treatment program that encompasses different treatment techniques and guidelines.

And, to conclude this general presentation about the fascial system, we asked you Did you know the existence of this system? What do you think about it?

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