What is “Myo – Fascia”?

  • Defining terms for clarification:

    • Myo – Greek for muscle.

    • Fascia – Every muscle cell, every bundle of muscle cells, and every bundle of bundles (the entire¬†muscle) is encased in fascia. Fascia is the connective tissue that holds us together. You might think of fascia as the casing around a sausage.

    • Fascia was recently discovered to have contractile cells dispersed throughout it. This implies that our brains control fascial tension. Understanding fascia’s roll can help us control our pain.

    • Tendon – Visualize 5 thin sausages, each wrapped in their individual casings now wrapped inside another casing. "1007 Muscle Fibes (large)" by OpenStax College - Anatomy & Physiology, Connexions Web site. http://cnx.org/content/col11496/1.6/, Jun 19, 2013.. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1007_Muscle_Fibes_(large).jpg#/media/File:1007_Muscle_Fibes_(large).jpgThis is analogous to a bundle of muscle cells. Wrap two (or several) of these bundles inside a third layer of casing stuff. This might represent a whole muscle. The distal (far) end of each of the casing sleeves are then entwined together into a thin, but very strong rope. This rope attaches to the bone at the periosteum, (skin of the bone). Layers of fascia encasing layers of muscle cells become the muscle tendon. The tendon attaches to the bone, just distal to a joint. Contracting the muscle moves the joint.

    • Myofascial – The combined functional unit of fascia and muscle.

    • Myoskeletal – A term including bones, joints, tendons and muscles.

    • Bio-Tensegrity – Clicking the link will take you to a wonderful blog written by a NASA research scientist. The author is involved in leading edge research regarding bio-tensegrity and movement. Following the various links will provide you with a much better understanding of the emerging changes in the field of bio-mechanics. The long and short of it…. Move More. Sitting is killing us. When we don’t move enough, our body’s lay down collagen. Collagen makes us stiff. As we become stiffer, bio-tensegrital forces create muscles strains distal to the stiffness. In general, a short, tight psoas muscle will literally result in a pain in your neck, or shoulder.