What is fascia?

Fascia is a wonderfully fascinating system. It is an intricate matrix with an elastic component, a collagen component, and contains fluid filled microtubules. When examined, living fascia looks oddly similar to a fluid filled spider web. In a nut shell, it is the 3-dimensional connective tissue web that surrounds, sustains, and protects every other system in the body and it is entirely interlocking. It’s basically the glue that holds us together and a very crucial component to our overall well-being.

Fascia is also extremely responsive to trauma. Accidents such as car wrecks, falls, surgical scarring, improper postures and body mechanics along with everyday activities can dynamically alter our fascial system. Fortunately, our fascial tissue is capable of instantly changing its shape and structure to adapt to the many stresses placed on the body. One of the many amazing functions our body does to help keep us healthy and safe.

Overtime, with repetitive wear and tear however our fascia becomes dehydrated, very sticky and restricted. Restrictions can change the biomechanics of the muscles and joints and/or place pressure on pain causing structures such as nerves and blood vessels. Research has proven that these restrictions can even cause up to 2000 pounds of pressure per square inch! It’s no wonder many suffer in pain with no explained root cause.

Myofascial Release is the highly effective method of treating these fascial restrictions throughout the entire body. Ashley has focused her decade long career thus far training in the John Barnes method of Myofascial Release. She has apprenticed under John Barnes himself along with numerous other well established and highly trained Myofascial Release Practitioners. She has exclusively practiced Myofascial Release since receiving her license in 2007 and believes it to be one of the most effective forms of manual therapy offered when dealing with chronic, unexplained pain.

Please take the time to watch the attached informative video which explains fascia, the John Barnes Myofascial Release method of treatment, and how it can benefit those in pain. The images aren’t too bad either! If you still have questions, contact Ashley directly. She would love to hear from you and help answer any and all questions you may have.

*Video Credit: Richard Harty, PT

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