The word “Fascia” comes from Latin. In Latin – Fascia Means: Band.
Spine-health.com defines Fascia as:
“…a web of connective tissue that spreads throughout the body and surrounds every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel and organ to the cellular level…”
Fascial Fact: There is no such thing as “isolation” of a joint or muscle. Everything is connected - tension on one area will affect other areas. The entire body is connected through fascia.
FASCIA TISSUE TYPES
3 Types of Fascia
- Deep Fascia which includes Myofascia
- Superficial Fascia
- Visceral Fascia (aka “Subserous Fascia”)
The superficial and deep fascia is the fascia that we are trying to affect in our myofascial release bodywork.
- Layer of dense connective tissue surrounding muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels and comprises mostly of collagen & elastin fibers
- Provides connection and communication
- Contracts, Relaxes, Has Movement, Can Increase its own Stiffness
- Mostly Avascular*
- Sensory/Nerve Rich*. Can detect:
- Change of movement (proprioceptors)
- Change of temperature (thermoreceptors)
- Change in chemical (chemoreceptors)
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 Ganfield, Lisa. “Myofascial Release Therapy.” Spine, www.spine-health.com/treatment/physical-therapy/myofascial-release-therapy.
 Rolf, Ida P. (1989). Rolfing. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press. p. 38. ISBN 0892813350.