Fascia is a web of connective tissue that wraps around all the internal parts of the body from head to toe and fuses it all together. It allows the muscles to move freely alongside other structures and reduces friction. It can be found immediately beneath the skin, around muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, organs and cells. Biologically, it’s what holds us together.
The fascial system maintains a balance of tension and elasticity which allows for smooth, unrestricted movement of each muscle group while holding everything in place. If the fascia is restricted then muscle contraction is restricted and this can lead to pain.
There is a traditional Chinese saying "Where there is no movement, there is pain. Where there is movement, there is no pain". That is why Acupuncture and fascia release can assist in restoring balance. “When you have fascial restrictions, it is the equivalent of twisting or crushing copper wire. The fascial restrictions are compressing the acupuncture meridians, and as they are twisted and crushed they lose their ability to conduct the “chi”, or bioenergy, properly.” (Healing Ancient Wounds, Barnes, p. 65).