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What is Fascia?

Dana Tress 
November 1, 2018
What is Fascia?

Fascia is a liquid crystallized matrix that covers all of our muscle, tendons, nerves, arteries, veins and organs.

Fascia is a dense continuous structure from head to toe without interruption - similar to a spider web or yarn of a sweater. When in a normal state fascia is pliable and relaxed.

Trauma caused by injury, surgery, inflammation, or chronic misuse causes fascial restrictions. Since the fascia is continuous, it is similar to a sweater snag- the snag begins to grow and creates tensile pressure.

Why it matters.

Over time, this tensile pressure prevents movement of muscle and tissue, creating movement dysfunction and chronic pain.

The fascial tissue, when tight, creates >2,000 pounds per square inch of pressure onto structures (remember it is woven through out muscles, nerves).

Since it is connected to all structures, it must be able to move and stretch over top of muscles and joints or they get bound together. When fascia is
tight it affects our bodies flexibility, stability and therefore, impacts our ability to function.

What is myofascial decompression. Been used around the world and more widely known as Cupping.

Myofascial decompression creates negative pressure

The pressure allows the muscle to glide and slide underneath the fascial tissue to recreate movement

Traditional Cupping is static and does not re educate the muscles/joints to move within the new available range

MFD re-educates tissue, muscle, and joint through active movement and decompression (cups) to allow the compressed muscle to move freely under the
woven matrix of fascia.

For more information on myofascial decompression, click here!




Dana Tress
Meet the Author
Dana Tress, PT, CEAS, AIB-CON is a physical therapist specializing in the management of concussion, balance dysfunction, headaches and dizziness in Crystal Lake, Illinois at Smith Physical Therapy Balance + Concussion Center, an award winner in concierge physical therapy services for McHenry County and surrounding regions.