Want to know what I'm doing when I'm working on you!?
I'm working on your connective tissue or 'fascia' for the most part!
I love this explanation of fascia by Anatomy in Motion, and I've even added a little bit to it myself...We love even more that CranioSacral Therapy directly addresses fascia to detect and release tensions from this amazing tissue!
What is Fascia? Fascia is tough connective tissue that creates a 3-dimensional web extending without interruption from head to toe. Fascia surrounds and infuses every muscle, joint, bone, nerve, blood vessel, and organ.
The fascial system affects every system and function in your body- musculoskeletal, neurological, metabolic, etc. The white, glistening fibers you see when you pull a piece of meat apart or when you pull chicken skin away from its carcass is fascia.
What is Fascia made of? Fascia consists of a complex which has three parts: 1. Elastin fibers - This is the elastic, stretchy part of the complex.
2. Collagen fibers - These fibers are extremely tough and give support to the structure.
3. Ground substance/matrix: A gelatinous like substance that transports metabolic material throughout the body.
What does Fascia do? The fascial system generally supports, stabilizes, and cushions. Fascia creates separation between vessels, organs, bones, and muscles. It creates space through which delicate nerves, blood vessels, and fluids can pass. Fascia is an electromagnetic conductor which aids the transmission of energy between the brain, the body and the energetic systems.
What are Fascial Restrictions? In a healthy state, the collagen fibers wrap around the elastic fibers in a relaxed, wavy configuration. Trauma, repetitive motion, inflammation, or poor posture can cause the fascia to become solidified, shortened and less elastic. These hardened areas are referred to as a fascial restriction. Fascial restrictions have the capacity of creating up to 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch in a restricted area. That crushing pressure can compromise any physiological system in the body resulting in pain and dysfunction.
The fascia throughout the body is all interconnected like the yarn in a sweater or a complex spider web. A restriction in one area of the body creates tension throughout this web pulling on other distant structures. This explains why some people may have pain that appears unrelated to their original injury. Furthermore, myofascial restrictions do not show up on common standardized tests such as x-rays, MRI, CAT scans, etc.
Fascial restrictions can pull the body out of its normal alignment, compressing joint surfaces and bulging disks, resulting in pain, loss of motion, and weakness.
CranioSacral Therapy allows the practitioner to listen to the fascia and see where it is and is not moving effectively, due to restrictions. After identifying the problem areas, the therapy then works to begin to unravel the stresses and tensions which have built up in the fascia over time or from a direct injury.
A course of 8-12 sessions is the researched, recommended amount of sessions to allow the body to unwind and unravel the stresses and tensions picked up over the years. Many people then enjoy CranioSacral Therapy as a supportive maintenance care to help them remain in health into the future.
Info collected from Spine - Health, Mayo Clinic, NIH & Medterms — with Moniker Taken and Charlotte R Tribe Dip(dance), MChiro, CCT
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