Fascia – we’re better connected
The Cinderella of soft tissue
Fascia – Gywneth Paltrow referred to it at the end of last year as “the secret organ” and although it is well known of within the manual therapy world, in some ways she’s right. For years, because it was everywhere, it was considered superfluous. Anatomists would scrape it all off and throw it away so they could get a better view of the ‘important’ stuff (muscles, organs, arteries, nerves etc), and so cadavers would more closely resemble the neat and defined pictures found in anatomy texts. Even in fairly modern anatomy textbooks there is minimal mention of fascia and the pictures still show the musculoskeletal system as being made up of separate ‘parts’ that each has its own attachment points and its own action. Now while I’m not suggesting that that isn’t true, the bicep for example when contracted does indeed flex the elbow (among other things), but the body and how it moves is just not as simple as that. You are not a machine, you are not the sum of your parts, you are a dynamic moving organism that needs to be looked at and treated as a whole.