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the biological fabric that holds us together.
OUR western science way of understanding the body – cutting it into smaller and smaller parts – has led to great discoveries, but it tends to destroy important connections, and otherwise ignore the whole system responses of the collagenous net. Fascia is, in fact, our system of Biomechanical Regulation – just as our circulatory system is a chemical regulator and the nervous system is a timing regulator – and needs to be studied and treated as a system, not only as a series of parts. The medical community regards fascia primarily as a structure that links together all the bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs of the body. But the fact is, fascia serves many purposes, such as being involved in movement and the transmission of force – some even regard fascia as part of the nervous system in that it provides a communication network throughout the entire body. Today such forward-thinking individuals, as da Vinci did in his time, are creating a paradigm shift in how we look at the human body.
Fascia is ONE network, embryologically and anatomically. All these different names we give elements within it – this tendon or that ligament – can tend to hide the fact that it is all one connected system.
It is now abundantly clear that fascia is part of the whole picture, and a part less studied than muscle or nerve, therefore the need to include it to get the complete picture. ‘Individual muscles acting on bones across joints’ simply does not adequately explain human stability and movement.
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