Fascia: The largest Sensory Organ

Photo from Strolling Under The Skin by Dr. Jean-Claude GUIMBERTEAU, M.D.

Photo from Strolling Under The Skin by Dr. Jean-Claude GUIMBERTEAU, M.D.


Fascia is the Largest Sensory Organ in Our Bodies...

Fascia is more than myofascia alone--It is the immediate environment of our  35-70 trillion cells. It is the transport highway for the flow of nutrients, light, subtle energy and communication to all cells.

Every one of our nerves is embedded within fascia, making it the largest sensory organ in our bodies.

Fascia plays a major role in chronic immune deficiency syndromes.

Fascia is the organizing frame work for all connective tissues (fibers, cells, interstitial spaces, fluid, ligaments, tendons, blood (jaap van der wal).

Fascia is able to be manipulated by our hands, with heat and pressure and shear or traction. Fascia has the strength of 2000 lbs per square inch, the strength of a radial tire.

When fascia is compressed, dried, or loaded with debris and toxins, or torn from repetitive motion, fascia will become dehydrated, shortened, and develop ropes and plates.

The cells embedded in this tissue become compressed, sensory nerves are irritated, ropes pull on bones and vertebrae generating  facet and disc inflammation, vessels become blocked, all flows in and out become blocked or disrupted.  Pain and cellular breakdown occur.

Fascia should be a primary consideration in pain syndromes, particularly with inflammation and swelling-sprains, strains, carpal tunnel, fasciitis, and pain with systemic disease such as Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Lupus, Lyme, and Rheumatoid arthritis.

When a fascial problem develops, there can be a build up of metabolites which are not able to be discharged, inflammation, swelling and pain, and a breakdown of cellular health. At this point a swamp has been created. It is not wise to then add pharmaceuticals to this swamp.

Fascia can easily be released by an experienced John Barnes Myofascial Release therapist. They will spend time using gentle sustained pressure to release the fascia. When a release happens, the fascia is then able to reorganize, re-hydrate, and begin to communicate correctly with the cells of the body. The swamp can drain, and toxins can be releases. Areas of tension can return to proper function, pressure will be released from nerve cells.

This information was gathered from a power point presentation by Dr. Carol M Davis, PT, MFR Therapist