Fun facts about FASCIA:
- Fascia is the most abundant tissue in the human body (WATER is the most abundant substance, and healthy fascia + water = cellular hydration…stay tuned for more on that!)
- Fascia doesn’t just wrap muscle – it wraps bones, organs and nerve endings
- Fascia has its own contractile cells
Why the above matters:
- Some people go so far as to claim that BLOOD is a form of connective tissue, or fascia. While that may be up for debate, at least people agree about how widespread it actually is, since it separates and connects just about every element of the human body. Unfortunately, the medical and scientific community hasn’t studied fascia widely because it’s generally been considered nothing more than the coating of other more important parts of human anatomy. I hope to reveal to you, in this series called Fast Fascia Facts, just how important a role fascia plays in all kinds of human functions; from pain perception to making sense of the world via nerve communication mechanisms like proprioception, interoception and exteroception to its role in cellular hydration, which is essential for human health and homeostasis.
I encourage you to do your own research and think about this one part of your body as it relates to your mind, body and spirit and of course, your wellbeing and ability to heal and create freedom.
- Fascia is the great protector and connector of your body. It protects individual elements from other elements, while connecting everything inside of you so you can function as one multi-dimensional yet always connected unit. Thus, fascia’s relationship to all these other elements in your body is worth knowing about. Fascia can impact bones, nerves, muscles, organs, the lymph system, the circulatory system, the nervous system…I’ll include lots of data points in future episodes about each of these, so stay tuned 🙂
- Whenever your brain thinks you’re in danger, the fascia may (and probably will) contract. This is important to understand because I postulate that the #1 cause of unhealthy fascial isn’t excessive movement or injury as you may think, it’s FEAR and stress. Mind blowing to contemplate the ramifications of this, huh? While our fascia may have evolved this ability primarily to protect us from falls, attacks and other physical dangers, the body doesn’t necessarily know the difference between fear caused by physical danger and fear caused by emotional or psychological distress and danger. I also have come to believe that fascia was granted this ability to keep us safe in circumstances when our brains can’t act quick enough, as in a fall or in the modern world things like car accidents. Consider how fear shows up for you. How do you think this could be impacting your fascia?
Please share your takeaways below! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and how these fascia facts could illuminate your current mind body challenges and triumphs.