The Myofascial System in Harmony or Turmoil

Written by sgonnelli

The myofascial system can be in harmony or turmoil. This system of connective tissue is also the main bioregulatory system that can be trained to help you function at your best. Understanding it and it’s state better allows us to treat it and to train it. Now, even though it’s one system it is usually recognized as 2 front and 2 back lines,  some being closer to the surface of the skin (superficial) and others are (deep) in towards our bodies center.  4 arm lines, also deep and superficial, 2 lateral, and a spiral line. The front line goes from the jaw to the tops of your toes, the back line goes from our eyebrows over our heads then down our necks and all the way down to the bottom of our feet, hence the condition plantar fascitis. This troubling condition is an inflammation of the fascia on the bottom of ones feet. The arm lines run across the upper body, chest, shoulders and arms from thumb to thumb, across our upper backs, necks, and out to the tops of each finger and as described by it’s name, the spiral line from one foot to the opposite shoulder. The lateral lines are on the outsides of our legs then cuts across our lower to upper back and opposite shoulder. This connective tissue acts like super elastic bands that keeps us upright and functioning our best when they are aligned.

Unfortunately, acute and overuse injuries often compromise our myofascial systems often causing pain and postural problems. The great part is that these injuries can be reversed and pain is not necessary!

Myofascial realignments can help get rid of your pain quickly

The Myofascial system is involved in any physical problem that the body may be dealing with. These pains are due to an injury, a condition, misalignment, posture issue, or even an overuse injury. The fascia will move because of overuse or any of the others mentioned moving towards the overused areas potentially causing other issues, however it will only move so much. Pain usually occurs at this point.(when the fascia won’t move anymore) It can move or be released or sometimes you can get it to shift back into a more normal position. One that it is familiar with is ideal for correcting posture and getting rid of pain. A great example of when fascia moves is when an athlete who runs and does weight lifting exercises such as; squats, deadlifts, lunges, and knee extensions starts to feel knee, lower back, or hip pain. The lateral line becomes tight and twisted or wound up because of the nature of the emphasis on certain muscles by the exercises listed above. With the squat, lunge, and deadlift putting a lot of emphasis on the glutes and outer thighs, it creates the beginning of a muscle imbalance. The fascia moves outward to stabilize the joints and to help aid the already overworked muscles. Another example is when women who wear high heals very often begin the myofascial movement towards the lateral aspect of the legs due to overuse.

 

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