Understanding How Fascia Problems Mess Us Up
By Dr. David Cosman Chiropractor; Certified Stecco FM Practitioner
The "silvery skin" tissues that envelop and connect muscles, organs and glands are called "fascia". Fascia is rich with nerve endings, making it instrumental in coordinating, sequencing and balancing of joints and muscles. The balance and function of fascia also maintains the ideal and healthy shape of internal structures like lymphatics, organs, glands, circulatory vessels and digestive tubes.
So many conditions are secondary to problems of fascia. Fascial Manipulation – The Stecco Method (Stecco FM) targets adhesive fascial paths to restore neuromuscular balance of multiple segments. Old adhesions can result in imbalances and compensations, because the body can adapt to problems, but eventually, the body might exhaust its’ adaptive potential; pain from an fascial imbalance will signal an old problem.
Sports & Movement Pain/Injuries:
Fascia is full of nerve endings involved in coordination of timing and rhythm of muscle activity from one segment of the body to another. Muscles pull joints in multiple directions, and a balance depends on fascial health. Imbalance from "sticky" fascia might feel like a "kink" in the shoulder when throwing a ball without an apparent injury to the shoulder. The site of pain and the fascia problem might be at different locations in the body; compensations can be the reported pain.
Fascia should slide or glide over its’ muscle fibers. Stickiness or adhesiveness of fascia can inhibit the smooth gliding in a directional path over two or more joints/segments. When a directional path of nerve activity is affected, pain due to dysfunctional imbalance of a joint, will likely occur.
Stecco FM addresses mysterious pains and dysfunctions ranging from ankle pain with no sprain, to chronic digestive problems, or an arthritis diagnosis without positive x-ray findings. Since internal organ and glandular fascia connects to fascia of muscles, internal systems can be dysfunctional if the fascia is pulling on your "insides" in an imbalanced fashion. Stecco FM is a highly recognized and accurate method of assessment and treatment that addresses many health problems in addition to joint and muscle pain.
Stecco FM is designed to increase the integrity of the nervous system in the body's periphery, while chiropractic adjustments endeavour to increase the integrity of the nervous system problems that originate from spinal joints. The combination of Chiropractic and Stecco FM is commonly administered in treatment plans.