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Fascia causes Muscle Pain

Most, if not all, of us have heard the word ‘fascia’ in one way or another. Fascial tension, fascial pain, fascial adhesions etc. What is this fascia and what does it have to do with muscle pain?

Let’s begin by thinking of fascia as the body’s version of “saran wrap”. It is a thin, spider web-like form of connective tissue that surrounds muscles and muscle groups, nerves, blood vessels and even organs. It can function as either an agent that binds structures together or it can allow various structures to slide smoothly over each other.

Fascia can be categorized as superfical fascia (also known as the hypodermis) or

 Deep fascia (covering muscles, nerves, blood vessels) or

Visceral/Parietal fascia (susepnds organs in their cavities and also provides connective tissue membrane or covering).

For the purpose of this article we will focus on the deep fascia.

fascia and muscle pain

The body’s tissues can become restricted through various factors such as overuse, inactivity, trauma, inflammation and infection. This often results in muscle pain via increased and excess muscle tension and diminished blood flow.

In order to reverse this muscle pain process, the technique known as myofascial release is engaged using either the practitioners hands or a choice of many different tools/ instruments (instrument assisted myofasical release). It is a process of deep tissue stretching and mobilizing to rid the affected area of excessive tautness and adhesions (where fascia sticks to surrounding fascia to produce restrictions in movement of the involved structures). Once the restrictions are removed, the fascia is free to glide along other structures in the area. The end result is relaxed muscles, decreased tension on nerves, increased blood and lymphatic circulation and decreased or resolved muscle pain.

Contact us at www.fitclinic.ca to schedule your consult to see if myofascial release is the answer to your pain and discomfort! Call, email, or schedule your appointment online via our website.

In health,

Dr. Rashaad



Posted on January 21st, 2014 [active lifestyle, Activity, Chiropractic, Clinic, Cycling, Exercise, Fitness, Golf, Health and Wellness, Injury, Pain, Running, Sports]
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