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The Important Role of Fascia

The fascia, a specialized system of the body that consists of a fibrous material similar in appearance to a spider’s web, is virtually a connective superhighway within the body. Fascia is one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In other words, like yarn in a sweater, each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia.

Because fascia surrounds and attaches to all structures, it plays an important role in the support and function of the body. In its normal, healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration and has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. Emotional and physical trauma, such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery, habitual poor posture, repetitive stress injuries and inflammatory responses have cumulative effects, causing the fascia to lose its pliability and become restricted. Restrictions, which influence comfort and function and present symptoms such as pain, headaches and restriction of motion, are not revealed in standard tests such as X-rays, myelogram or CAT scans.

Fascial restrictions, which also affect flexibility and stability, are a determining factor in the body’s ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities. A high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may have undiagnosed fascial problems.

Teresa Kennedy is trained in myofascial release therapy, a safe and effective hands-on technique involving the application of gentle sustained pressure to the myofascial connective tissue. She practices at Therapy on the Gulf, which follows the techniques of leading authority John F. Barnes in myofascial release treatments.  

Location: 824 Anchor Rode, Naples. For more information or an appointment, call Kennedy at 928-444-0606, or Therapy on the Gulf, 239-262-8722.

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