What is Fascia? Traditionally fascia was thought to be only limited to certain dissectible bits of tissue (thoracolumbar fascia, plantar fascia, fasicular profudus, pannicular fascia, etc…).
Increasingly in scientific and research circles and professionals worldwide, ‘fascia’ has a wider definition: all the collagenous-based soft-tissues in the body, including the cells that create and maintain that network of extra-cellular matrix (ECM).
Why is this important?
Muscle, tendon, and the viscera (organ systems) all are encased and intertwined in this tissue according to the new definition and create a concept known as Tensegrity. This actually isn’t a new concept as it is widely known that muscle contains epimysium, endomysium and perimysium. These are connective tissues which provide intramuscular structural support and anchor points to the muscle via tendon on bone.