Fascia connects your skin to the layer of fat beneath it, it connects that fat to the underlying muscles, the muscles to the bones. Fascia encompasses those muscles, it wraps around every muscle fiber, every blood vessel, lymph vessel, and nerve, it surrounds your organs and holds them in place…it is a continuous network that permeates the human body.
Fascia is composed of collagen fibers. They form a sheath for every muscle fiber to slide past their neighbor. However when fascia sticks together it’s like saran wrap. Persistent pain and tightening occur and the area becomes encased and immobile.
When we are born we are an amazing 92% water. By age 20 that is down to 75%. The good news is that massage hydrates and detoxes the tissues, increases surface area for further hydration and flushing congestion away through the lymphatic system.
During restful sleep we heal. When we miss out on restorative sleep due to muscle or fascia pain the situation is exacerbated because we don’t heal so we don’t sleep so we don’t heal…….! The wisest course of action is to have a massage and work out the pain at its cause.