There is currently no established terminology for Fascia. But there are three ways to describe the Fascia so far.
- Membranes or other dissectible connective tissue compositions, including bindings to internal organs and dissectible structures belonging to those..
- Lots of connective tissue large enough to see with the naked eye, it has been noted that the fibers of the Fascia tends to be interwoven, and also includes loose areolar connective tissue such as the superficial connective tissue under the skin.
- Fibrous collagen tissue that is part of the body’s power transmission system (definition from Fascia Research Congress 2015)
Fascia links together all parts of the body and has a significant role in balance, posture, coordination, and even positioning.
It also has a relieving effect and transfers shock and load on to bigger areas to avoid overload. The Fascia is the same as collagen connective tissue. The different varieties of the Fascia are named differently depending on where they are and how they are designed. We alternate between this little term connective tissue and Fascia, but it is the same tissue composed of collagenous fibers.
Most of the blood vessels and nerves run along Fascia membranes, and there are about six times more nerve receptors in the Fascia than in other parts.
Fascia is existent in the entire body and envelops organs and muscles. It holds together the skeletal parts and also forms a fibrous tissue filled with liquid. If we start with the Fascia’s various layers and parts, we have a superficial, subcutaneous Fascia just below the skin. Deep Fascia lies between and around the muscle groups, individual muscles and organs. The areolar Fascia’s is thicker and contains a lot of liquid flowing between the matrixes of fibers that form the tissue.
The different parts of the skeleton are bound together by strong bands of connective tissue – ligaments that attache the joints.
The tendons are an extension of muscles so the body can be tapered in the extremities and so that power can be transmitted from a little distance. Another function is to with muscular power release the tendon to get higher function on the muscle’s work, like a spring that jolts away. An example is the gazelle, which bounces forward with minimal effort. An aponeuros is a sclera with fibers running both longitudinal and transverse. Aponeuros’s are present in palms, soles, in the abdominal wall and in the eye. They have few nerve endings and blood vessels unlike most connective tissue membranes.
Fascia: a suit that envelops everything. Without beginning, without end.