You must have heard a lot about Fascia and must be wondering what is fascia? Whenever you relate to the body massage or tissues and how to get much better muscles, you read this word. So, what is it? In simple words, it is the connective tissue. The purpose of this tissue is to support the muscular and skeletal organs of the body. It surrounds the bones and muscles and keeps them connected with its web formation.
What is fascia and its purpose?
It controls the body muscles. It connects the body muscles and prevents stress. If the tissue becomes weak, then you will feel the pain in muscles and also dysfunction. Fascia is present in all over the body. It is the most abundant tissue. It is under the top layer of the skin and goes deep into the skin and blends with the dermis. This tissue is mostly fat. It is consist of fat tissue and the Areolar Connective Tissues. It is this fascia tissue which determines the shape of the body. So, if you see the muscles out of shape, or loose (mostly like in the old age), it means this tissue is getting weak. It is not just found in the skin muscle tissues but also present in the surroundings of different organs of the body and glands. It is also present around the blood vessels and the nerves. The Fascia plays a very vital role in keeping the body muscles attached and working. Another purpose of Fascia is that it stores water and fat. It also serves as a passageway for nerves, lymph and the blood vessels in the body. Fascia tissue is not so dense when it is close to the skin. It is dense deep within the skin. It is the high density of this tissue which gives the muscles strength. The Fascia also has fibers in it. These fibers in the Fascia determine the tissue resilience and flexibility.
What is fascia and injuries related to it?
Everyone in while you might feel the pain in the muscles, it is because of the improper fascia. It means that the Fascia tissues are damaged. Once these tissues are damaged, you will feel severe pain. Injury to the fascia tissue is due to:
- A trauma
- Repetitive stress
- Injury to the muscles
- Inflammation in the body
So, if you feel the pain in the muscles, you can relate that pain to these above reasons. No matter the trauma is big or small, it can put a lot of pressure on the tissue (the pain-sensitive areas of the body) and can cause dysfunction. An MRI or X-Ray is performed to determine the cause of dysfunction.
Now that you know what is fascia, you must see a physician if you feel a severe pain deep in the muscles. You can treat the pain if it is not severe. Pain in the muscles and stress is common for athletes, and they use different massage tools to address the problem. It is always better to have a proper checkup.