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What is Fascia & Why is it Important?

Have you ever received bodywork? If so, you may have heard your therapist or provider use the term fascia. Facia is a web of collagen fibers that wraps around muscles, vessels, nerves, organs, and bones. This web-network is the largest in the body and one of the only systems to touch every other system. Therefore, your fascia is a highly important part of wellness and pain management.

Fascia is broken down into three different types. The superficial fascia is found under the skin and helps blend muscles, nerves, veins, and arteries to the deepest layers of the skin. The visceral fascia is found in the bodies cavities and wraps organs in connective tissue to suspend them. The deep fascia, which is also the densest, is found surrounding individual muscle fibers, muscle groups, bones, nerves, and blood vessels.

Under normal circumstances fascia should be free to move and stretch. Pain occurs when fascia restricts due to trauma, posture, stress, or inflammation. Releasing this restriction allows the body to become more mobile and allows for better blood flow. At ESP Sports Medicine we employ several different techniques that release fascia restrictions. Visit our website to learn more about each of these techniques.

Massage Therapy

Kim Schemahorn is a Medical Massage Therapist at ESP Sports Medicine. She specializes in myofascial release technique and craniosacral therapy. Kim is proud to be part of an amazing team of chiropractors, physical therapists, and new age medical doctors.