Fascia Body Pain

Written by Maggie Nolan


Are your feet and hands constantly cold?

Or you feel a tightening/tingling feeling that extends from your neck and shoulders down your arm and into your hands?
This is due to tight fascia clamping down and impeding the blood flow.

As a Remedial Massage Therapist, I am well aware of the importance that fascia plays in our overall movement, flexibility and blood flow.
Thus the reason why I am so passionate about recommending regular Remedial Massage treatments.

WHAT IS FASCIA?

Fascia is your body’s connective tissue. It is the head to toe, inside to out, all-encompassing and interwoven system of fibrous connective tissue found throughout the body.  Your fascia provides a framework that helps support and protect individual muscle groups, organs, and the entire body as a unit.

Imagine your skin is like the rind of an orange. Your skin is the outer layer of the orange peel, and the thicker, white, fibrous layer that lies immediately beneath the peel would be your fascia. Just like the thicker layer completely surrounds the inside of the orange, the same holds true to your fascia. We all have a layer of fascia directly beneath the skin that completely envelopes the body, giving another protective barrier between the skin and the deeper soft tissue.

The flexibility and strength of your fascia is key to good health and balance throughout each system of your body.

How does fascia affect you?

Fascia provides the protective sheath around our entire body as a whole and also surrounds each organ and muscle for protection from outside trauma. Our fascia also plays an important supportive role to the musculoskeletal system by enabling us to perform functional activities like going from sitting to standing and being able to walk, jump and run. Blood, nerves, and muscles are enveloped and penetrated by fascia, allowing your muscles and organs to glide smoothly against each other. When you have fascial adhesions and distortions, this can cause poor blood flow, weaker nerve impulses, limited flexibility and range of motion, and many other physical ailments.

Pain and Fascia

So much pain, tightness, and discomfort is unnecessarily caused by distorted fascia. Distortions in fascia can pull, torque, and compress the body into malalignment. Studies show that fascial tension in one structure – such as the knee – can cause tension or issues in the adjacent structures, such as the hip or ankle. Some common conditions are:
Plantar Fasciitis, IT Band Syndrome, and frozen shoulder can all come as result of distortions in your fascia.

So get a regular Remedial Massage treatment and free your body of tight fascia.

Maggie Nolan

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