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Fascial Tissue

Summary

Fascia is a dense irregular connective tissue that compartmentalizes muscles, nerves and organs. There are essentially 3 types of fascia found within the body. Superficial Fascia, which is mostly associated with the skin; Deep Fascia, which is the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels; and Visceral (or Subserous) Fascia, that is mostly associated with the internal organs. Some mechanical properties of fascia allow for change within the tissues that can improve range of motion, blood flow, and sensation/proprioception. Structural change can be achieved through stimulation of the fascial tissue by an acid called hyaluronan; a natural byproduct of friction and mechanical pressure to act as a lubricant between the tissues. When this acid lubricates the tissues, the sticky fascial tissue becomes more pliable and supple, allowing for more movement between the tissues and joints. Mechanical stimulation of nerve endings can also have an effect on pain, range of motion, proprioception and threat perception. 

 

Cause

There are many factors that cause fascia to become tight and restricted. Some of the factors may include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Overuse- straining an area can things to be bound up and less mobile overtime. 
  • Immobility- if you don’t use it you lose it, if you are in one position for too long, it will cause things to become tight and restricted. 
  • Previous injury- after an injury, things will be restricted due to collagen build up for protection against re-injury. 
  • Stress- due to the nervous system’s role in fascial tissue, stress can have a major impact on tissue quality. 
  • Posture- Chronic holding patterns can cause injury, pain, and range of motion restrictions if not taken care of. 

Effects

Tight and restricted fascial tissue can restrict movement and blood flow, inhibit sensation, and dampen proprioception over time. These effects can cause long term issues that are often overlooked, improperly treated with injections, surgeries, pills or other things such as ice and heat that offer no real solution to the underlying issue, which may be within the fascial system. If you are dealing with pain, movement dysfunction, mobility or stability issues, working with the fascia may help you improve your current situation due to its impact on the rest of the body. Motion is lotion for the issues in the tissues! Move it or lose it!

Treatment

At structura, our main focus is improving function and decreasing pain in your body’s tissues. Through our treatment approach, we have several therapies to help improve function, range of motion, posture, decrease pain, discomfort and instabilities. 

  • Structural Integration: is a series of 10 sessions to improve function, chronic holding patterns, posture, and provide balance throughout the entire body. 
  • Structural Physiotherapy: is a more targeted approach of manual therapy to treat specific issues and ailments. 
  • Postural Alignment Therapy: improves the function and balance throughout the body through specific exercises to help strengthen specific muscles to provide better stability and alignment throughout the body. 

Mobility Therapy: helps to improve range of motion in specific areas that need it the most to help the tissues move more efficiently.

Kellie from Hooper, UT Testimonial

I am running again! Less than a year ago, I had a doctor, physical therapist, and a chiropractor all tell me I needed to stop running because of constant back and neck pain, along with ankle and groin injuries. Well, they were wrong! Because of Stuctura Body Therapies, in the last 2 months, I have ran a half marathon, a 5K, and I am continuing to run 3 times a week. The 10-week Structural Integration program, and continued maintenance, have been a true blessing for me. The therapists and staff at Structura are the best, and are professional and caring. So grateful to have found this amazing technique.

Susan from Neveda Testimonial

I was in a car accident and hurt my neck and low back. I came into Structura Body Therapies and they helped me get rid of the pain I was having. I would recommend to anyone that has been in an accident to come in and get some bodywork done from Structura!

Annie from Layton, UT Testimonial

I’ve been able to get my life back thanks to the therapists at Structura. Taylor and Skye were amazing at listening and critically thinking. They were both very professional. I had dealt with 1.5 years of debilitating pain in my lower back and shooting pain down my legs. After physical therapy, multiple steroid shots, and mediations to deal with the pain I heard about Structura. Thanks to these amazing people I can sleep through the night, enjoy activities I love, and play with my kids. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing more than a relaxing massage.

Jeannie from Clearfield, UT Testimonial

I am a 62 year old female. For several years, I have become less flexible and stiff. I was introduced to Structura and finished the 10 weekly sessions of Structural Integration. They are very professional and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Structura Body Therapies’ therapy.

Nick from Kaysville, UT Testimonial

 

I was in a car accident and hurt my neck and low back. I came into Structura Body Therapies and they helped me get rid of the pain I was having. I would recommend to anyone that has been in an accident to come in and get some bodywork done from Structura!

Pamela from Utah Testimonial

I was afraid to try Structura because I heard the therapy might be painful. But it was going into months and months with plantar fasciitis and not being able to walk without limping and waddling. That was painful too. Through the therapy sessions, I found that I was twisted and seized up all over. I’m not sure when the fasciitis actually completely healed, but it did 100%. The therapy was a little painful, but nothing like the pain of months of fasciitis and years of waddling. At 58 years old, I can finally move my legs again so I can walk normally and start exercising.

Jessica from Ogden, UT Testimonial

Structura has truly helped me so much! It was a long road to recovery, but I skipped the surgeries and was able to naturally heal over time. I continue to go on a regular basis for maintenance now. This is an amazing way to stay in top performance and learn about mobility and movement.

Debra Testimonial

The people are friendly, and make you feel at ease. They are very professional, and I saw results fast. I am thankful that there is hope to take away my pain, which I have lived with for so long. I would highly recommend Structura to anyone.

Lisa from Layton, UT Testimonial

I felt so good after each of the 10 sessions of Structural Integration. Parts of my body that bothered me before the session felt so much better after being worked on. My knees that hurt before, didn’t bother me after being worked on.

Tiffany from West Valley, UT Testimonial

I was having some lower back pain and and they’re deep tissue massage helped me feel better. The therapist was really nice and I felt amazing after the 60-minute session. I would highly recommend anyone with back pain to go to them. -Tiffany

Kaylee from North Ogden, UT Testimonial

I was experiencing a lot of knee pain after having surgery for a torn ACL. Months of physical therapy and a 2nd knee surgery didn’t help the pain and issues I was having. I was ready to just live with the pain but I decided to give Structura’s therapy a try. It has helped my knee tremendously! My knee pain is gone and my range of motion is back! So happy I found this therapy! If you are experiencing pain that your doctors can’t figure out, I would highly recommend Structura’s therapy!

Jon from Ogden Utah Testimonial

Working with Structura Body Therapies has been a life-changing experience. They are not only extremely skilled in their practice, but are very educational. I noticed a big difference after the first visit

John
Ogden, UT

J. Sanchez from Clearfield, UT Testimonial

I was introduced to Structura Body Therapies by a family member.  I have suffered from chronic pain for the past 9 years and the source of the pain was finally diagnosed. I started coming to Structura to see how their therapies could help me before, between, and after the two hip surgeries I would need to correct the source of my pain. I cannot express enough how pleased I am with the results of the therapy thus far!  I recently had the first surgery and the therapies from Structura Body Therapies have cut my healing time by 4 weeks! I am looking very forward to completing my next surgery and then starting the Structural Integration program with Structura.

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