This video is a great visual representation of how fascia works in the body and it's helped many people look into non-invasive options out there for freeing up their pain and ailments.
I think it's important that we all should understand more about what is happening in your body. JB sent me the link above and I looked into the methodology and this fascial treatment therapy that is now growing quite quickly.
"Myo" means muscle and ‘fascia’ is a connective tissue that forms a matrix or web, much like a spider web, that interpenetrates the extra cellular matrix that surrounds muscles, bones, organs, nerves, blood vessels, and other body structures. Fascia is an uninterrupted, three-dimensional web of connective tissue that extends from head to toe, front to back, and interior to exterior.
Through stress, injury, poor nutrition, postural imbalances, overworked muscles, and repetitive activities your myofascial matrix can become contracted or stretched, thicken, become congested and inflamed, and adhere to surrounding structures such as muscles, bones, nerves, and organs.
The result for us is pain and irritation due to the development of trigger points , tight knots, and their resulting pain referral patterns. In fact your myofascial matrix is so interconnected that problems in your foot can actually result in back, neck, or shoulder pain along with digestive disturbances. Also, because fascia is so interconnected - restrictions in your leg can be the reason you have chronic and persistent headaches. I think we've all been with our therapists and they're not always working over the area of our pain - because the root problem lies somewhere else.
The body’s fascial matrix is now one of the most researched areas of medicine and physical therapy. So this entire system of understanding anatomy in terms of muscles, bones, organs, and nerves are being rewritten because of this new area of research. Science is now proving that a healthy fascial matrix is critical to overall health.
Many of our therapists that we go to now are definitely dabbling in this sort of treatment of fascial release. And it totally makes sense because releasing fascial restrictions from any structure in the body, not just muscle, would be the ultimate goal.