When we talk about Fascia, we first at all have to differentiate the term Fascia from the term Fascial System. One of the main topic of the last Fascia Research Congress (Washington Sept, 2015) was to clarify this.
When we refer to Fascia as a purely anatomical definition, indicate a sheet or any number of connective tissue that forms beneath the skin to attach, enclose and separate muscles and another internal organs.
When we talk about Fascial System we refer as a network formed by a soft collagenous connective tissue that surrounds all the organs, muscles, bones, joints and nerve fiber in a three dimensional form and in this way allows to keep them in their correct position and functioning.
The path of the Fascial System is continuous throughout the body, for this reason, any structural changes of the fascia in a certain area of the body will produce restrictions or dysfunctions in other areas.
The Fascial System is defined more into the functional aspect of the fascial network, including force transmission, sensory function and wound regulation. All these functional aspects provided by the Fascial System, supply an environment that enable all the body systems to operate in an integral manner.
The Fascial System is the one that keep everything connected in our body which means that balanced Fascial System makes for a healthier body, whereas unbalanced Fascial System send us into the domino effect of a compensatory pattern which led us into a dysfunction and pain.
The fact that we can now separate one term from another will bring a better understanding for those that are starting or those that are immerse and enjoy the wonderful world of Fascial System.