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Archive for May 8th, 2012

Fascia a Fascinating Structure

Posted by terrepruitt on May 8, 2012

After teaching Nia a couple of weeks ago I realized I had a knot in my back.  It was one of those things that felt fine while I was moving.  So in my Nia class I didn’t notice it.  When I was moving about the house I didn’t notice.  When I stopped moving is when it starting hurting.  It was one of those body issues that is so uncomfortable it is painful.  I mean no matter which position I sat in, stood in, lied in, it was there.  It was painfully annoying.  I believe I tend to hold my stress there.  I have posted about this “spot” before.  I tried using a ball to rub it out.  I asked my husband to massage it.  Both helped but it came back the next day.  It even kept me awake the next morning.  I just wanted a few more minutes of sleep but my muscle was saying, no.

I had noticed when my husband was trying to work out the knot I had the strangest sensation.  The spot of the pain was right beneath my shoulder blade but when he was pressing on it a tingling poking kind of sensation travelled up my entire shoulder blade.  I thought that was very odd.  I thought the muscle must contain a lot of nerves that run along the scapula.  I thought it was odd that I had this disbursing sensation over my shoulder blade.

That was over the weekend and after Nia class on Monday one of my Nia students, a physical therapist, said she would look at it.  She found the knot – as it was easy to feel and she began working on it.  She said it was fascia!  Ahhhhh!  That explains why when my husband was trying to rub it out think it was a knot in the muscle I was sensing it all over my shoulder blade.  (Wiki:  “A fascia is a structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, binding some structures together, while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other.”)  She pressed on both ends of it and was able to work it out.  The next day it was sore, but I used the ball and it has been fine since.  Fascia is fascinating.  Fascia is the yellow stuff that is sometime still connected to chicken breast.  And I am sure if you work with whole chickens you can see it too.

Here is a video about “fuzzy” fascia. Below the video on YouTube, Gil Hedley has noted that since the video was made in 2005 he has somewhat changed his ideas a little bit.  But the video itself is still fascinating as it shows you the fascia in the body.

WARNING this video is of a cadaver.  Mr. Hedley is using it to show what fascia is. He stated in his updated write up “ . . . it is normal for there to be “fuzzy” tissue between “individual muscles” within the muscle layer. As with all tissues of the body, all the matter of which it consists is transitioning at various paces, some quicker, some more slowly. “Fuzzy” tissues indeed cycle more quickly then some more dense tissues.”


As we know it is not just keeping our fascia mobile as the reason for moving, but it is interesting to see another part of our bodies that benefit from movement.  I knew about fascia before discovering Nia, but I was introduced to Gil Hedley via Nia.  Nia often makes the scientific connections in our continued education.  There is a lot of continuing education material that deal with anatomy.  Moving our fascia is just one reason why we dance.

 

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