How Does Fascia Contribute To Chronic Pain?
Fascia is the largest system of the body. It is a liquid crystalline matrix that surrounds and infuses every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as our internal organs all the way down to the cellular level. It is one continuous structure and exists from head to toe without interruption.
In a healthy body, the fascia is a fluid gel and provides support and shock absorption for the whole body. However in chronic pain as a result of trauma, inflammatory responses and/or surgical procedures, restrictions can develop in the myofascial system. When this occurs, the fascia solidifies and can apply up to 2,000 pounds per square inch of pressure on pain sensitive structures.
Fascial restrictions do not show up on standard medical testing such as MRIs, x-rays, CAT scans, etc and this has resulted in chronic pain sufferers being frustrated with no answers to their ongoing pain.
The John F Barnes Myofascial Release Approach is highly effective at transforming the solidified fascia in chronic pain back to its natural fluid gel-like state.
Below is an excerpt from a John F. Barnes article:
Myofascial Release Perspective: Therapeutic Insight—Fascia, a Liquid-Crystalline Matrix
“The neuron doctrine and neuromatrix theory suggest it is the brain and neural system which runs the body. However, it turns out the brain and neural systems are embedded within a much larger and vastly more important crystalline fiber-optic network, the fascial system, which transmits the flow of information, light and sound necessary for health and a vibrant life.
The brain and every nerve of our body lie within and are profoundly influenced by the liquid/gelatinous ground substance of the fascial system. It is a well-known fact nerves can only transmit signals at slightly over 20 meters per second. Therefore, it is impossible for nerves to stimulate the trillions of cells of our body that each have more than 100,000 reactions per second.
The fascial system functions as a fiber-optic network that bathes each cell with information, energy, light, sound, nutrition, oxygen, biochemicals and hormones and flushes out toxins at an enormous speed. The brain and nerves are an important but much slower form of communication. The ion-transfer mechanism of nerve impulses is too slow to account for the massive amount of information necessary for our body-mind to function. Therefore, it is the fascia, your liquid-crystalline matrix, that is the major and most important communication system of our body.” John F. Barnes