Fascia at the cellular level creates the environment and space each cell needs to perform its essential functions: cellular respiration, elimination, nutrition, protection, metabolism and lymphatic flow.
The fascia system binds the human body into an integral whole to allow proper function of structures and organs. It is fascia that keeps us upright against gravity to support our posture and movement three dimensionally. Fascia also acts as a shock absorber. Therefore, its elasticity and fluidity is crucial for protecting our body from injury and trauma. In a normal healthy state, fascia is hydrated and pliable, with the ability to glide and stretch freely. Through injury, trauma, surgery, overuse and postural compensations, fascia loses its natural form and becomes twisted, hardened and tough - similar to leather or beef jerky. Prolonged stress, tension, and emotional upset can also contribute to facial restrictions.
Myofascial restrictions are believed to exert crushing pressure on the muscular and skeletal systems as well on other pain sensitive structures, like nerves and blood vessels. This enormous pressure, more than 2,000 pounds per square inch, is equivalent to a horse standing on a penny! It's no wonder we hurt! Restrictions can also create pressure on organs, and even whole-systems, which over time can lead to dysfunction and disease. Because fascial restrictions do not show up on any standardized tests, such as MRI's, CAT Scans, EMG's, X-Rays, or even blood work, many patients are suffering with unresolved pain, dysfunction, loss of motion, and unexplained symptoms.