The Functional Connective Tissue
Fascia - A New Frontier in Treating Pain
By Dr. David Cosman Chiropractor; Certified Stecco FM Practitioner November 2021
Every muscle fiber is surrounded by "silver skin" known as "fascia". One line of fascia continues from muscle to muscle to muscle (a continuum), connecting the muscles of certain lines so that they work together in organized sequenced patterns. The continuum passes from head to toe, or finger to toe. Fascia is like the highway system that goes throughout the country and communicates the cities. Fascia contains nerves and blood vessels; it is alive and active/functional, communicating forces and various forms of nerve information with other parts of the body.
While fascia is important for balance and coordination ofmovement, it also extends internally, where fascia tensionencases and maintains shape of organs and glands.
Balanced fascial tension from attachments on the torso andlimbs maintain a traction force that extend to the internal fasciathat gives organs and glands their shape. Internal structures that become stressed from imbalanced fascia tension can become dysfunctional; treating fascia can be the key for successfully treating internal disorders that are otherwise hard to treat.
When one line of fascia has excessive adhesions, the muscle/fascia/nerve transmissions become imbalanced. This can cause movement problems and pain of "unknown cause". Unfortunately, stretching and scraping does not reduce epimysial fascial adhesions where they are problematic.
Adhesive imbalanced fascia can create compensations resulting in uneven traction on internal stuctures (organs and glands) causing them to behave poorly, resulting in internal organ and gland problems that are tough to diagnose or explain if fascia is not considered in the diagnosis.
In a nutshell, fascia is rich with nerve endings, making itinstrumental in coordinating, sequencing and balancing ofjoints and muscles.
Fortunately, Stecco Method Fascial Manipulation traces the causes andrelationships of the pain through the patient history and physical exam.With a strong hypothesis, FM detects and treats adhesive fascia andrecreates balanced soft tissue by reducing adhesions that impinged nerveendings in the soft tissues.
The balance and function of fascia also maintains the idealand healthy shape of internal structures like lymphatics,blood vessels,organs, glands, and digestive tubes. The photo above on the right is chicken fascia.
So many conditions are secondary to problems of the 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. As different muscles pull and move segments (joints) in multiple directions, the safe and sequenced balance depends on healthy fascial that glides
on its' muscle.
Imbalance from "sticky" fascia might feel like a "kink" in the houlder 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 an 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 is a medical method of assessment and treatment. It that 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.
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