What Exactly is Fascia?

Fascia is a medical term for connective tissue that is a fluid, fibrous network covering all of the structures in our body like a spider web.  Fascia covers nerves, muscles, bones, and organs down to the cellular level.  Fascia is comprised of collagen, elastin, and the fluid ground substance which acts as a shock absorber as is separates, supports, connects, and protects everything in our body.  What does this really mean?

Fascia is like the white membrane of an orange that covers and separates all of the segments or the white shinny film that covers raw chicken.  It is also referred to as the “silver skin” for the hunters out there.  Think of normal fascia as cooked spaghetti in a zip-lock bag filled with water.  The spaghetti moves freely and glides easily over each other.  Now lets pretend the bag is open and the water evaporates leaving the spaghetti sticky and bound together.  This dehydration and restriction of movement is the equivalent of what happens to our fascial system when we experience trauma, inflammation, or years of poor posture.  Good news is that we have the ability to influence this dysfunctional state using our hands to apply gentle pressure to the restricted areas which helps to rehydrate the fluid, decrease pain, increase flexibility and improve posture.

Please watch the video below to get a better visualization of living fascia.

The work we do here at Monarch helps to release the fascial system–so if there are restrictions putting pressure on nerves, arteries, or on muscles, when those restrictions are lessened, we can move better, have less burning nerve pain, or have more circulation to that part of the body.

We are problem solvers, here to help you with nagging aches and pains, or medical conditions that have been diagnosed. No one has time for pain, or for not feeling good.

If you want to talk to us, we offer a free 20 minute ease your worry session, where you can talk to one of the therapists, ask your questions, check us out, and see if we are a good fit for you.

Call the Boerne office today and we are here to answer your questions!





Brenda Bryson, PT, MPT, LMT

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