Fascia surrounds and attaches to all structures in the body, and plays a very important role in the support and function of our bodies. In a normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and able to stretch and move without restriction. After physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, inflammation, the fascia loses its elasticity. It becomes restricted and the source of tension in the body. Trauma such as car accidents, poor posture, falls, and surgery influence the comfort and function of the body. This tension can cause pain and restrict motion. Long term, these fascial restrictions affect your ability to withstand stress and perform normal daily activities.
Fascia also plays a big role in back pain. Fascia is interconnected and can transfer from one region to another. You can feel the pain in another region of the body when the fascia is distorted. A good example of this is if you tug on one end of a sweater, you see the tug travel long distance to other ends of the sweater. Most people have experienced this example in their spine. First, your neck gets injured from a car accident. You ignore the pain, thinking the pain will go away on its own. Then, the pain travels to your shoulder, your lower back, and then develops into plantar fasciitis. It becomes a domino effect.
Overly tight fascia can compress muscles and nerves, resulting in pain, either at the site or elsewhere in the body. Fascia is arranged in two layers and slides back and forth across each other. Healthy fascia has the ability to shift or slide 75 percent of its total length. This sliding ability is reduced in people with back pain.
Fascia is mainly made up of water, 70 percent to be exact. Physical movement helps keep the water moving. The less mobile you are, the less supple and drier your fascia will be, and less able to slide properly. Our mobility is determined in large part by how hydrated our fascia is. When the fascia gets dried out, we are more at risk injuries. Myofascial techniques, used by chiropractors, massage therapist, and physical therapist, have been shown to make the fascia more elastic. Myofascial techniques increase the water reserves and elasticity of the fascia. The force and pressure have been shown to fill up the water reserves in the fascia.
Here, at Northwest Wellness, we use a variety of Myofascial techniques to assist in getting you out of pain. Don’t hesitate making an appointment if you suffer from any back or extremity pain!
For further information on chiropractic care contact Northwest Wellness in Federal Way, WA 2539270660.