January 12, 2023

Fascia Pain–Problems in the Connective Tissue

Fascia pain is common and treatable, but unfortunately often unrecognized. Many of us experience it, but have no awareness of fascia, its function in our health, or how problems with it can affect us. Consequently, we can easily misinterpret the source of our body aches and pains. They can feel like muscle or joint problems.

Far more common than you may think, our aches and pains originate in the fascial system which is a body-wide network of connective tissue. Lying just under the skin and encasing all body parts, this tissue lubricates and nourishes all body systems. It also prevents damaging friction between body parts and helps remove waste.

Healthy fascia is smooth and flexible but can develop adhesions. Adhesions result in a loss of elasticity in the connective tissue because it constricts, tangles or crinkles. The pain and structural problems caused by fascial adhesions can be referred to other parts of the body away from the source. Stiffness, tenderness, noticeable knots, and pain can result. Adhesions can worsen over time, causing muscles to compress without relaxing. Treatment releases compression, lengthens the muscle, relieves spasms and relaxes the area.

Some common causes of fascial pain are a sedentary lifestyle, injury, surgery, or work-related repetitive movement… all of which can also cause muscle or joint pain. To help determine if your pain may be fascia pain, see a medical practitioner, but generally fascia pain improves with movement and heat as both increase the fascia’s elasticity. Muscle and joint pain do not improve with movement.

Along with treatment for fascial pain, you can make simple changes to help such as moving more, even just an additional few minutes a day can help. Also, making a habit of stretching a bit after sitting or lying down is beneficial.

If you are experiencing body aches and pain, stiffness, tenderness, spasms, mobility issues or any other issues that feel muscle or joint related, a consultation can help determine if you are having fascia pain and a treatment plan can be made for you.

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