The Fascial Connection
12/5/07
Published in the Time Standard
 
 
       Many times patients enter my office complaining of a particular area of recurring pain. They try numerous types of therapy, massage, medications and exercise, none of which offer long lasting relief and change. The recurring problem often relates to a traumatic event or injury setting up a cascade of events. Muscle spasms and trigger points develop in the fascial layer that become extremely tender to palpation. Range of motion of the associated joint or joints in the area become restricted and painful. Adhesions and scarring in this fascial layer affect muscle movement and relaxation.
      Fascia is an extremely important soft tissue component that lies under the skin, surrounds and interpenetrates muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, organs, nerves, and blood vessels. You may have seen fascia when skinning an animal. It’s that white, filmy covering of the muscle. While there are actually 3 fascial layers: superficial, deep and visceral, they are all interconnected and cover your whole body from head to toe. Fascia supports, connects, is important to biochemical processes, and most of all is a matrix for intercellular communication. Any restriction in this fascial layer is therefore experienced throughout the body. While the deep fascial layer is less elastic than the superficial layer, it is highly innervated providing feedback through the nervous system for the necessary changes and accommodations to be made.
      In the spinal column and its related musculature and associated fascia, their interrelationship is crucial to our health. Restrictions or adhesions in the fascia layer reduce muscle movement and joint flexibility, as well as circulation. Severe binding of muscles, nerves and blood vessels results in a painful and dangerous condition called compartment syndrome of the leg. Other pathologies include: adhesive capsulitis in the shoulder, plantar fascitis and calcaneal spur of the foot, carpal tunnel syndrome, calcific tendonitis, and joint hyper-mobility syndrome.
      By releasing the fascial restrictions and restoring joint mobility through specific adjustive techniques, pain relief and a return to normalcy can be achieved. Stretching techniques and massage are also helpful for the elasticity of the fascia as well as increased lymphatic and blood flow.
 
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Crosbie Chiropractic
Michael H. Crosbie, D.C.
1828 Main Street
Fortuna, CA 95540
(707) 725-5668
www.crosbiechiropractic.com