Fascia (connective tissue)

Fascia provides our bodies with structure and support while being in contact with other body tissues. The function of fascia is directly related to the function of lymph vessels and blood vessels. Various kinds of impingement and compression cause fascial impairment, and this has a direct effect on the recovery process. Fascial impairment affects the body through three different mechanisms:

Physical disorders
Fascial tension affects receptors, blood vessels and nerves, and can therefore trigger osteopathic lesions.

Metabolic disorders
Tension disturbs interstitial circulation and metabolic activity in tissues. This leads to palpable tissue changes such as trigger points, swelling and fibrosis.

Functional disorders of the fascia
Impaired fascial function is recognizable in the form of swelling. The main lymph node regions in the supraclavicular triangle, underarm area, groin, back of the knee, and upper abdomen are especially prone to swelling.

PhysioTouch can be used to enhance fascial function by opening up the fascial structures and expanding the tissue with horizontal and vertical stretchings[1]. The stretching effect can be increased by adding rotational stretching with turning movements as needed. Increasing metabolic activity in the fascia relieves muscle tension and alleviates disorders of the surrounding tissue, such as reduced capacity of the lymph vessels that leads to swelling. Stimulating the fascia considerably reduces pain caused by compression or various kinds of impingement.

 

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