The Role of Fascia as the Foundational Tissue for Health
with Dr. Carol Davis
Usually as manual therapists we think of fascia as connective tissue that can be problematic when restrictions contribute to pain or restrict movement. We use manual therapy to help people feel better and move better.
But fascia is far more than the myofascia alone. Fascia is the extracellular matrix, the immediate environment of every single one of our 35-75 trillion cells. In short, everything that needs to move in, or out of, the cell membrane has to go through the fascial environment.
Fascia is the tissue that is the transport highway for the flow of subtle energy in all holistic complementary therapies. Fascia plays a major role in chronic immune deficiency syndromes such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lyme Disease, Irritable Bowel Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Fibromyalgia. And finally, every one of our nerves is embedded within fascia, and thus fascia becomes the largest sensory nerve organ in our bodies.
When we release fascial restrictions, we facilitate the body's return to homeostasis and self regulation. The body can then feel itself, and heal itself, just as it was meant to do.