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So what is Fascia?

So what is Fascia?

So what is Fascia? Does it get released? How do you treat it? These are all the types of questions that you have when you visit your local chiropractor. The definition of Fascia is the following. “A flat band of tissue below the skin that covers underlying tissues and separates different layers of tissue. Fascia also encloses muscles.” To clarify, it is a “web” of connective tissue that connects to muscles, tendons, ligaments and the skin. Here is a link to Dr Thomas Myers that explain about anatomy trains, click here.

So what is Fascia?
Plantar fasciitis, tight calves, recurring muscle strains? These are all conditions that co-exist with fascia and tightness. With the fascial lines, you will see that a tight calve can be involved with your headaches. It sounds weird that your calve can affect your head. However, With knowledge of Anatomy, you will discover the connection between the two.
When being treated, people say that your fascia will get released, or broken down. As discussed earlier, it is a web of connective tissue. Thus it cannot be broken down. Meanwhile, new research has shown that it only gets mobilized. Furthermore, the elasticity will improve the glide between the skin and the connective tissue.
As a chiropractor, there are various ways of treating fascia. The most commonly used technique is IASTM (Instrumented Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation), like Faktr or Graston. Other techniques, like cupping and stretching, are often used. At home, you can do foam rolling and stretching. A warm bath with Epsom salts will help with the elasticity of the fascia
web of connective tissue

Read more about patient compliance here. If you suffer from pain, make an appointment to see your chiropractor.

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