What is Fascia?

Fascia is a type of connective tissue that is divided into 3 layers: the superficial layer, a layer of potential space, and a deep layer.2 Because the fibers of the fascia run in many directions, it is able to move and change with the surrounding tissues. Fascia is believed to be 1 continuous piece of tissue working in connected “chains” to create tensegrity in the body. Therefore, when fascia in one area is stretched, it can cause tightness, restriction, and pain in another part of the body. This is similar to pulling plastic wrap across a bowl: when one side is pulled tight, the opposite side becomes even more taut. The pain that is felt does not follow traditional referred-pain patterns. Because of this dynamic function of the fascia, myofascial pain can be difficult to diagnose, but once identified, it is often treated with manual therapy techniques such as MFR.

(This information is from the NCBI Resources)

Fascia is beyond just a covering inside the body, it is three dimensional in structure. It protects, helps fight infection, holds everything together including all of your systems of the body. Therefore, when it is tight or traumatized it can bind down causing up to 2,000 pounds of pressure on your body internally. Thus, creating painful symptoms throughout the body.