Connective Tissue or Fascia is a very tough, strong tissue, otherwise known as the myofascial system. Connective tissue is an important part of the support system of our body. All of the major systems in the body – circulatory, digestive, nervous, musculo-skeletal, and organs – are ensheathed in connective tissue. A healthy and balanced connective tissue system’s characteristics are flexibility, elasticity, length and resilience. The tissue absorbs and responds to gravitational force, illness, injury, emotional trauma and plain everyday stress. Any of these factors will immediately, or over a period of time, cause an imbalance in the tissue system. When imbalance exists, the system’s healthy characteristics are affected. The imbalance is identified as a shortening, thickening, dehydration of the tissue which impairs joint mobility and muscle function. This is usually felt in the body as chronic pain, discomfort, stiffness, or de-creased flexibility and impaired movement.
Fascia appears in the whole body and surrounds muscles, organs and bones. For a long time fascia was dismissed by medicine as relatively unimportant. Recently many experts have started researching this multi-functional, fascinating body organ.