Your Interconnected Body

In the traditional medical approach, the parts of the body are all treated independently. Medical science is learning that those old ideas aren’t true. The body is actually very interconnected and nothing can take place in one part of the body that does not have some effect throughout the rest of the body.  These effects can be broadcast around by the fascia.

They have learned that the fascia is much more important than they realized and that it binds the body together down to the intracellular level.  In the past, the fascia has been treated as just another layer of tissue and pretty much ignored.  It is easy to see how the fascia surrounds the organs and muscles and separates the large structures of the body.  What they are finding now is that it also penetrates the cell and even the nucleus of the cell.

If you think back to high scho0l biology you might remember the picture of the inside of a cell.  It had several small structures called organelles that floated around in fluid. That’s not the case anymore.  Now they know that it is filled with a matrix that they are calling the cytoskeleton, which is an extension of the intercellular matrix, or fascia.  It also penetrates the nucleus of the cell and interacts with the DNA.

The importance of this interconnection is that it provides a communication channel for the body from any given point to all other points and even into the cells and nucleus without being impeded by the cell membranes.

Where this communication channel does run into problems is with scar tissue.  Scar tissue is caused by cutting the skin and the underlying fascia, which as far as the communication aspect is concerned, is the same as cutting your phone line.  The scar tissue forms to repair the skin and knit the fascia back together but the communication path is still damaged. Fortunately, there are techniques that can help deal with the scar tissue, techniques like myofascial release.

The point I want you to get from this is that you are not a collection of parts that work independently.  You have a whole body that needs to be treated as a whole body.  Accidental injuries to the skin and cutting during surgeries have a greater significance than the forming of scar tissue because they damage the bodies ability to transmit information from one area to another.  Finally, it is possible, and important, to properly treat scar tissue to help keep the body functioning properly.

Wayne Woodworth
Myofascial Release is my favorite form of body work. Better than a massage.

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