The 4 types of Fascia
Fascia is the most understudied and misunderstood system of the body, although it was discovered thousands of years ago and impacts every movement and system of the body.
In fact, DaVinci was the first known artist to dissect and depict fascia in a drawing. Many have studied fascia over the years, but fascia has not made it into medical, fitness and beauty based schooling as more than a side note. Those of us who are in the field pioneering treatments and studying fascia know that it is indeed one of the most important systems of the body.
Fascia runs in strips, inside structures, in “blank space” and around the spine. It is literally one big piece from head to toe, hand to hand, inside to out and everywhere in between. If we could dissect the fascia out independently, we would look like a big ball of cotton candy in the shape of a human form.
Fascia also houses nerves and blood in a unique way, connecting it to neurological and blood disorders. It also connects muscle to muscle, which defies traditional modeling for biomechanics. It reacts to protect structural imbalances by constricting, which challenges all body work and lymphatic modeling. Fascia covers the brain as well as other organs, impacting the foundation of internal medicine. Its existence and the knowledge of HOW to treat it could very well be the biggest medical/performance advancement in modern history!
Those of us who are in the field prioneering treatments and studying fascia know that it is indeed one of the most important systems of the body
These are the long lines of thicker, denser fascia that run beneath the skin and all throughout the body. These lines of fascia can run from the tips of the toes to the brow bone, from thumb to thumb, from inside to out and in some cases spiraling through the body. The fibers of Structural Fascia have the ability to contract, relax and stretch, just as muscles do. These lines cross in the body like highways and interchanges. They have the ability to pull the skeleton as well as surrounding structures out of alignment. Where structural fascia crosses, it has the capability of jamming and adhering joints, including structures of the vertebral column. In meats such as ribs, the structural fascia is the silver lining and in chicken just inside the skin is a silky membrane.
This is the cobweb-like fascia found within the body. The Inter-Structural Fascia of muscles contracts, relaxes and stretches with the muscle fibers. They are clearly visible in meat products such as chicken and steak when the muscles fibers are pulled apart. Inter-Structural Fascia also penetrates and surrounds the brain, organs, cartilage, blood vessels, nerves and literally every system of the body. The Inter-Structural Fascia is highly adhesive. When this type of fascia adheres, it can stick to other fascial fibers within the structure, the fibers of a single structure, as well as sticking two or more structures together. This adhesive process interrupts the function of the structures.
This Jell-O quality fascia is primarily found in the abdominal cavity. Visceral fascia is the only fascia that can change properties as documented in “Strolling Beneath the Skin”. The visceral fascia interacts with all of the structures including the other types of fascia inside the “blank spaces of the body”. Visceral Fascia is highly protective in nature and when tight, will restrict all of the functions of the adjoining structures.
Inter-Structural Fascia, Structural Fascia, and Visceral Fascia is found inside and around the spine. The Spinal Fascia is special because it is fibrously dense and encases the spinal cord like a thick straw. The other types of fascia connect to this straw-like casing and burst out like sunbeams through the abdominal cavity. Understanding how to impact this deep fascia can dramatically aid in the treatment of back pain related to the narrowing of this column.
The FasciaBlaster® (only $89) is the ONLY device on the market that is designed to break up the fascial adhesions and distortions that pull the skin inward. When fascia is tight it can also torque and tighten joints and is ofter a pre-cursor to more serious issues such as strains, ligament problems, back pain, swelling, limited range of motion and more. Overall tight fascia can cause headaches, full body aches and rob us of vitality.
With the FasciaBlaster® you can reduce the appearance of “cellulite,” restore healthy fascia, break down fat cells (spot reduction!!!), break and reduce scar tissue, improve muscle performance, muscle access and recovery, reduce pain & inflammation, improve circulation … and LOTS more!
To help understand the process of how can fascia affect your life, view our fascia chart - the 7 phases of fascia freak out.