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What is Fascia and Why Should You Care?

Imagine a silvery white material which is flexible and sturdy that is able to surround and penetrate every muscle, every bone, and every organ, and covers every nerve in your body. Now you have an idea what fascia is. If the muscles in our body are coiled springs ready to transmit energy through action plan then the fascia is fine sheets of silk that stack and overlap and envelope those coiled springs. Fascia is the glue that keeps everything separate and connected at the same time. It is important for force transmission and keeps tissues gliding and sliding on one another.

Broadsheets of fascia creates a bodystocking which cover entire muscle groups and also create discrete individual muscle pockets. Fascia is important for force transmission. We know that muscles transfer force across a joint to produce an action. You're picking up your phone and you're looking down at the screen to read these words. This whole series of actions took place with the help of flexion of the fingers, flexion of the wrist, flexion of the elbow, flexion of the shoulder, and flexion of the cervical spine. Congratulations! You just transmitted force through muscle contraction and the fascia was there the whole time transmitting forcing information. Fascial force transmission doesn't just occur at the muscles that contract. It also occurs at accessory muscles, other muscles that are nearby, and antagonistic muscle groups. Understanding how these interactions are interconnected with each other should help give a better understanding of how chronic pain, chronic muscle overuse syndromes, and very common athletic and sports injuries develop. I hope to outline for you how it can influence not only the quality of your movement, but the quality of your life.

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