What is the fascia?

“Fascia is… a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord.

The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.” – John F. Barnes


“Fascia is essential to the dance between stability and movement – crucial in high performance, central in recovery from injury and disability, and ever present in our daily life from our embryological beginnings to the last breath we take.”- Tom Myers creator of Anatomy Trains

Some interesting facts about this newly understood organ system:

  • The nervous system is very interested in what happens in the fascia. There are more nerves here than in the eyes, tongue or intestines, 6 times more than in muscles. Fascia is our richest sensory organ.
  • It is not only a sensory organ, but this tissue determines our shape and the shape of our body parts. And it can be noted that this keeps the compensations in our body.
  • 66% of our body is fluid. This tissue keeps the fluid in its place inside our body. Otherwise, due to gravity, this 66% would fall down into our legs.

Why do not we hear more of this organ enmeshing our body?

Because nor the X-ray not the MRI is able to show it. Our machines are not advanced enough.

Dr Jean Claude Guimberteau, French doctor inserted a camera under the skin, thus creating the first occasion when we were able to see living fascia. This took place in 2012. If you are interested, you can watch the video.

This is so new to science that the first anatomical atlas researching the fascia was published in 2015.

Right now we have 2 diagnostic tools regarding the fascia: the expert look and touch.