WHAT IS FASCIA?
Fascia. It's trending in the medical world at the moment and is becoming more and more important in treating injury and other chronic pains. But what actually is it? With the help from Gil Hedley, I want to show you up close what Fascia actually, how it is made up and its ability to transform to the kind of work we do. Below you'll find three videos that are all related to Fascia. I have highlighted a few areas that I want you to give particular attention to. These will have time stamps so you can skip over the other parts if you want to. I would like to say that the first video does use human cadavers, so if you're not comfortable with this, just make sure to stick to the time stamps as they'll make sure that you don't see anything frightening.
The term Fascia, or Myofascia, is used by a lot of people in the fitness and rehabilitation worlds, and while a lot of people do have some concept of what it is, in most cases it is so much more than we initially understand. In my opinion, Fascia is one of the most important organs in the human body. If you are interested in improving your flexibility, or any other type of training of the human body, it is something that you need to understand deeply to get the most out of your training. In these videos, I am going to discuss a little about what fascia actually is, and I am also going to guide you through three videos that I often use to explain fascia to many of my clients.
So what is fascia?
At its most basic level, Fascia may be described as connective tissue. Some people describe it as a kind of sausage skin that encases the muscles that links everything together. While this is partially true, Fascia is really so much more than this. While fascia does surround every muscle in your body, it also surrounds every little bundle of muscle fibers, and even down to every individual myofibril. But it’s not just about muscles! Fascia actually surrounds everything! It wraps in and around your small intestine; It is deeply connected in and around your eyeballs; It’s the stuff that connects everything to everything! And this is why when you have an issue in one area of the body it can be remotely affecting what you are feeling in another areas of the body. This is why when we are looking at any issues around our flexibility we need to look at the fascial system as a whole to actually work out where the real root of the problem actually is to resolve the issue long term. There are three videos that I love to use to explain the complexity and qualities of Fascia to my clients. I find that this greatly enhances everyone’s understanding of what to feel when performing any fascial mobilisation exercises.