All you need to know about fas­cia ail­ments

The Asian Age - - Science+ Health -

Wash­ing­ton: Fas­cia, a band or sheet of con­nec­tive tis­sue, is rarely con­sid­ered in iso­la­tion as the cause of chronic pain dis­or­ders. Ex­perts have long sus­pected that fas­cia ail­ment, which is a painful and rel­a­tively com­mon con­di­tion, is re­spon­si­ble for main­tain­ing the arch in your foot. Fas­cia is a sheet of fi­brous tis­sue that en­velops the body be­neath the skin, which also en­closes mus­cles and groups of mus­cles and at­taches, sta­bilises, en­closes, and sep­a­rates their sev­eral lay­ers or groups. Fas­cia can ac­tu­ally be clas­si­fied into four types, each with dif­fer­ent prop­er­ties, func­tions, and char­ac­ter­is­tics. The su­per­fi­cial fas­cia sur­rounds the body and in­cludes sub­cu­ta­neous fat; the deep fas­cia sur­rounds the mus­cu­loskele­tal sys­tem; the meningeal fas­cia sur­rounds the ner­vous sys­tem; the vis­ceral fas­cia sur­rounds body cav­i­ties and or­gans. Some body­work prac­ti­tion­ers in­clud­ing mas­sage ther­a­pists, os­teopaths, Rolfers, cran­iosacral ther­a­pists and phys­i­cal ther­a­pists claim that fas­cial re­stric­tions ( es­sen­tially tight­en­ing) — caused by in­jury, in­flam­ma­tion, trauma, dis­use, overuse, mis­use or abuse — play an im­por­tant role in con­tribut­ing to the pain as­so­ci­ated with a wide ar­ray of con­di­tions in­clud­ing mi­graines, fi­bromyal­gia, headaches, lower back pain, and women's health is­sues, re­ported CNN. Fas­cia spe­cial­ists claim that treat­ing these fas­cial re­stric­tions with a va­ri­ety of meth­ods, in­clud­ing pro­pri­etary body­work meth­ods and/ or spe­cialised tools, is an im­por­tant as­pect of over­com­ing these chronic and painful con­di­tions. Though many fas­cia ma­nip­u­la­tion ad­vo­cates claim that length­en­ing the re­stricted fas­cia is the key to suc­cess­ful treat­ment. Man­ual ther­a­pies are prob­a­bly not mod­i­fy­ing the length of the fi­brous com­po­nent of the fas­cia. — ANI

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