Fascia: The Essential Component of Musculoskeletal Health
In the world of deep tissue bodywork and healing, the word “fascia” often comes up — and is soon followed by the question: “what is fascia?”
Fascia is a fibrous, connective tissue that runs throughout the subcutaneous skin layer from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. It is prevalent throughout the body — wrapping around tendons, joints, muscles, bones, nerves and organs like pliable gauze or living cellophane. When it is healthy, fascia is thin and flexible — yet when trauma, stress and poor circulation affect certain areas of the body the fascia can become “glued” to the surrounding tissue which results in tension, stiffness and chronic pain.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Western Medicine has all but forgotten about the fascia. This essential component of the body’s largest organ (the skin) was universally recognized and treated by ancient physicians such as Hippocrates and Galen among many others. Today, deep tissue therapists like Brian Ray treat the fascia with advanced techniques and sometimes refer to it as “the body’s wetsuit.” Since every part of the fascia is interconnected, trauma in any part of the musculoskeletal system is treated as a comprehensive, full-body issue. When fascia becomes “glued” around wounded joints and tendons, these adhesions can extend in connective gauze-like strands to surrounding areas of the body. This phenomenon often manifests in conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, neck pain from sitting too much, back pain from blunt force trauma, knee pain from a car accidents, elbow pain from athletics and more.
A Progressive Approach
Debilitating adhesions within the fascia are treated with hands-on deep tissue work that is herein referred to as musculoskeletal realignment therapy. This approach systematically loosens the “glue” between the fascia and the surrounding tissue while simultaneously increasing circulation. Enhanced blood flow then reintroduces healing nutrients that allow the tissue to begin repairing itself. Meanwhile, the loosened adhesions provide relief from tension and stiffness along with improved mobility. For over 20 years, Brian Ray has been treating people who suffer from severe muscular and skeletal imbalances due to affected fascia. His therapy helps those who have exhausted all modern means of treatment by addressing the fascia itself as a whole rather than merely focusing on the one area that is in pain.
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Denver and Boulder area residents can contact Brian Ray by telephone or email to make an appointment.