What is Fascia and how does it affect our health?
Fascia is a complex network or web of protein collagenous fibres and Fibroblasts and is the main structural organ of the body. There are different types of fascia that have different textures and compositions. Fascia is sometimes more soft and elastic and sometimes more dense and leathery and sometimes even hard, as is the case with cartilage. It is always very tough. Each muscle is surrounded and penetrated with fascia similar to the segments of a citrus fruit, and the fascia gives each muscle its structural integrity and range of movement. Fascia binds each muscle to the skeleton by means of tendons, which is also a type of fascia.
It is the most abundant tissue in the body. It binds muscles together, differentiates organs from each other and keeps them in place, keeps the skeleton upright, has an intimate connection with the metabolic interchange of cells and forms a fundamental part of the water metabolism and the mechanism through which the body guides and distributes fluids. It forms an intricate web coextensive with the body, central to body and central to its well being and performance. Each cell has structural fascia in it.
There are several layers of fascia in the body. The superficial fascia is located right under the skin and gives each person their unique shape.