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What is fascia?

It’s the word being spread by specialists, coaches, medical professionals, and masseuses alike. What’s more, understanding it will make you move, perform, and look just as you’ve discovered the secret to anti-aging. However, what precisely is fascia, and what amount of thought does this often-overlooked part of our body actually deserve? Precisely a whole site’s worth…

For years, scientists researching pain, movement, and recovery did the anatomical equivalent of paving paradise to put up a parking lot, tossing the shiny, webby tissue that covers our muscles, nerves, and organs—literally in the trash. Little did they know, it actually held the answers they’d long searched for…

If this sounds like a dramatic, dun-dun-dun beginning to a dramatic novel, it sort of is. Because the webby stuff, called fascia, has emerged as a superhero of its own, in the worlds of both fitness and overall health. Before we get into all fascia does, you have to first understand what is is.

Diagram of Muscle Showing Tendon, Fascia, and Interior Muscle Fiber
Diagram of Muscle Showing Tendon, Fascia, and Interior Muscle Fiber

Dr. Jerry Tennant explains, in his book, “Healing Is Voltage: The Handbook,” that your muscles are stacked on top of each other in a specific order (sort of like batteries in a flashlight) to form a “power pack”. Each organ has its own battery stack, which is a set of muscle batteries.

These muscle “batteries” are encompassed within the fascia, which you can think of as a semiconductor—a specifically organized metabolic particle intended to move electrons at the speed of light, moving in a single direction.

Together, the arrangement of muscles and the surrounding fascia serve as the wiring system for your body, carrying the voltage from the muscle “battery”, routing it through the fascia and carrying it to the appropriate organ. In addition to moving electricity, fascia also serves as a hydraulic pump, and is responsible for moving fluid around your body.

Moving aside from our “battery” analogy, the Fascia also acts as a connective plastic wrap-like substance, made up of gelatine-esque glycoproteins (which hold water), collagen fibers (a very strong protein), and various other cells (such as fat cells).