What is Fascia? By Sara Packard
What is Fascia? By Sara Packard
Hi guys, hope you all had a great few weeks!
For those of you don’t don’t already know I have just completed my level 1 in Fascial Manipulation, the Stecco Method. I thought I would use this blog to tell you a little bit about it and also whom the treatment will benefit. There are a few methods of Fascial Manipulation around but this is the best. Luigi Stecco is the founder and himself and family all practice and lecture all over the world. They are from Italy and very well known for being the best at what they do.
What is Fascia?
I am not going to get too technical for you. The body has: ligaments, muscles, bones, tendons, organs, tissues, cells and nerves. We also have something called fascia. Fascia is a layer of connective tissue that forms all over the body, from head to toe. There are 3 different types of layers where you will find fascia and they are there to protect, help function, provides structural support.
If you are a visual person, here is the best way to understand. Take a look at the
chicken I have prepared. The clear white film I am holding is Fascia. As you can see the fascia is very strong, it’s helping me hold the chicken. Now imagine this all around your body, keeping everything together.
Dysfunction of Fascia.
Fascia Dysfunction can cause pain, dysfunction with movement, Lymphatic and nerve problems. Studies have shown that some surgeries for arthritis, rather than touching the actual joint, they make an incision in the fascia to relieve the symptoms. The most common form of Fascial pain is Plantar Fasciitis. This is known especially for runners, when their heels or soles of feet are painful. This happens because the fascia is under too much stress and the body therefore is compensating in its way by showing pain.
Who is Fascial manipulation for?
Anyone that is in PAIN. This pain could be muscular, joint or nerve. Maybe you are someone that has limited movement and you are in discomfort trying to move. A few examples could be: Sciatica, Knee Pain, Frozen Shoulder, Arthritic Pain, Jaw Pain, Fibromyalgia, Tendinitis, Bursitis, Muscular pain or even just referred pain. You may also have had the pain/injury for some time and it just won’t go away.
What happens in a session:
First thing is that you need to be assessed. Everyone is different and unique, so it is important that your treatment reflects this. This assessment can take a while, depending on your circumstances. I like to pre-warn clients that sometimes I will just assess and then treat on the 2nd session. There is a lot of information and essential that you get the right treatment.
The treatment can last from 10 to 30 mins, you may need just one session or maybe a few, depending on the severity of your problem. Here are two pictures of a client whom I have been treating. They came to me with a frozen shoulder. We have been working together for a few weeks, this is the last session we did, before and after.
It took 30 mins and in the pictures you can see the result. In the first picture, Steph is in quite a bit of discomfort. Moving her arm in this position was very painful for her and took much effort. The second picture was pain free with little effort getting her there. You can also see her neck/head position is in a nice upright frame. I think the smile says it all!
This movement will not reverse itself, that is now her movement. There is a video on Facebook or twitter page if you would like to see more. The aim to get her back to playing the sport she loves and we are on the right track.
Here is a short paragraph from Steph who kindly let me show you her picture above:
“Many thanks Sara for treating me using fascia manipulation. When the Doctor did an ultra-sound scan and confirmed I had a moderate to severe frozen shoulder and that it would take up to 2 years to recover, my heart sank! I couldn’t believe it would take so long to recover and I would continue to be in pain!
But after a couple of sessions, you managed to improve my movement of my arm backwards, and since then we have had a breakthrough treatment and I can reach upwards and am about three quarters recovered! All this in only about a couple of months! I am very confident that I will be playing netball again shortly!
The treatment really works and I am extremely grateful to you for my speedy recovery!”
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed the blog and feel free to forward to anyone this could help