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Introduction to Trigger Points​

What is the fascia?

CPDG what is the fascia?

Fascia is the tissue located between the skin and the underlying structure of muscle and bone.

This tissue is very strong and flexible. Under a microscope, fascia resembles a spider web or fish net.

It can be described as a complete body suit, which runs from the top of your head, down to the bottom of your toes, in one continuous sheath.

The deep fascia covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures in our body. It not only envelops them but also pervades through these structures, (e.g. muscle peri / epi / endomysium).

The deep fascia also contains blood vessels and nerves, and sometimes provides attachments for muscles.

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The superficial fascia runs subcutaneously, and contains arteries, veins, lymphatics, and fat cells.

CPDG what is the fascia

The fascia is responsible for maintaining our body’s structural integrity, supporting our posture, and acting as a shock absorber, it facilitates circulation of the lymphatic and venous systems by virtue of its elasticity (adapted from definitions by Robert Schleip and Ida Rolf). Easing of myofascial restrictions results in improved circulation, lymphatic drainage, and nerve conduction. Thus easing of trigger points can have far reaching consequences. For example, fascial release can help improve organ function by releasing tight muscles. Digestive activity might be moderated by releasing trigger points in the abdominal muscles or even muscles in the thoracic spine near T11-12 via the viscero-somatic refex.

 

Examples of fascia: 

periosteal, tendon, epi/peri/endo-mysium.

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