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Why the health of our fascia is important

Anyone that has been for an appointment with me, will have heard me talk about fascia. Fascia is a layer of connective tissue under the skin that surrounds the soft tissues of the body. I liken it to a body stocking that holds everything in place, as it covers the muscles, ligaments, tendons, organs and blood vessels, creating form & shape. It will vary in thickness, being as thin as a spiders web in some places and yet thick in others, such as the plantar fascia on the sole of the foot. It is an important part of the immune system and enables movement of nutrients and helps regulate temperature.

Fascia is mainly collagen and when healthy, is flexible and smooth, allowing the soft tissues to glide across each other. If our fascia is tight, movement can become restricted... we all know the song “the leg bone’s connected to the knee bone" and tight fascia in one area of the body can affect other areas too. Fascia is thought to be able to be stretched by up to several feet in therapies such as myofascial release and cupping, allowing the release of tightness and restricted muscles. Massage, stretching and dry cupping techniques, all influence fascia health by reducing tightness & bringing fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients to the area. I often incorporate myofascial release and cupping into my treatments, but next time you're in, please ask if you'd specifically like to try these techniques.


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