Fascia, in the broader sense, is a component of the connective tissue matrix (CTM) which unifies all living matter of the organism.That’s all cells, organs, tissues and systems.
Fascia is composed of a continuity of fibrillar collagen (depending on depth, elastin and glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans).
Collagen molecules are dipolar (holding an electrically positive and negative end) triple helical structures surrounded by water and a cell wall to keep the water in. Healthy collagen maintains a net negative electrical potential (lots of electrons).
In the living body, the CTM has an irregular and fractal organisation. It looks nothing like the dehydrated sheets of white stuff you see in cadavers or your steak.
The CTM Includes
- the Dermis
- Superficial fascia
- Deep fascia
(collagenous fibres surrounding nerves)
The CTM has a structuring role which contributes to the construction and shape of the body and provides a framework for the cells.
The CTM serves as an electrical conduit allowing for instantaneous communication between cells throughout the entire body.
The CTM enables sliding between adjacent structures.
The continuity of the fascia, muscle fibres and the motor units embedded within them, as well as the continuation of fascia ad multiple body segments which coordinate movement in a linear or spiral pattern may play a proprioceptive role in movement and postural control.
Under traction, collagen fibres lengthen, align, divide and slide to ensure the distribution of tension through the entire system.
How To Look After It
- Practice varied complex movements
- Avoid too much repetitive, uniplanar movement
- Maintain proper hydration levels
- Blur the lines between mobility and flexibility to slowly explore range of motion throughout every joint, from toes to fingers. Spiral patterns are particularly useful
- Deal with your emotions and let things go as often as you can
- Earth the body daily to help maintain the net negative electrical potential of collagen fibres