Fascia can be described as connective tissue that provides structural support throughout the body. It surrounds the cells, muscles, nerves and organs as well as attaching to the bones. It can be like a three-dimensional web or a strong sheet, like cling film, and is made up of several layers or ‘depths’ and has a high water content.
When compromised by dehydration, inactivity, accident or surgery, this support network can break down or become compacted, causing pain, stiffness and reduced mobility etc.
To keep fascia working properly, to aid muscle movement, lymphatic flow and reduce the impact of scarring, movement and hydration are very important. For those with reduced mobility this is where the therapist can help. By gently working on the body, swellings—and therefore pain—may be reduced and mobility increased.