Fascia is the soft connective tissue that intertwines and is a continuum throughout the human. It forms a 3D web like structure that is comprised of the superficial and deep fascia.
Superficial fascia is composed of collagen fibres horizontally, oblique and transvers directions with dispersed elastin fibres. Innervated by free nerve endings, Pacini and Ruffini corpuscles.
Function of the superficial fascia:
Deep fascia is composed of parallel collagen fibres in layers going in different directions. Innervated by free and encapsulated nerve endings.
Function of the deep fascia:
“The wellbeing of any organ and apparatus depends on the balance that exists between its components. A harmoniously balanced posture is indicative of a healthy musculoskeletal apparatus.” (Luigi Stecco, 2004)
Disruption of the complex interactions and function of the fascial network will lead to altered movement, discomfort, pain and even reduction in performance. Main reasons of changes in fascia structure and consistency are:
Mechanicall (acute & chronic), physical (Psychological + thermal) and chemical (nutritional + endocrial)
Fascial manipulation is a manual therapy techniques used to restore mobility of this connective tissue by breaking down adhesions and improving tissue gliding at specific points.
How does it work?
By creating heat and stretching the fibroblasts, friction changes the structure of the ground substance in fascia, increases cell turn over and generates a minute inflammatory (myofascial inflammation) reaction which increases the rate of remodelling of the target tissue. This in return has been shown to reduce pain. What we look for is the densification, pain and referred symptoms.
Severe immune depression
Edema or acute tendinitis
Pain or the lack of mobility
Conditions that may benefit from Fascial Manipulation:
AC joint injury
Rotator Cuff pathology
Hip / Pelvic pain
Anterior knee pain
Chronic foot and ankle pain
Post fracture stiffness