What is Fascia Connective Tissue?
Fascia connective tissue surrounds, protects, and supports all the structures in the body. While its continuous sheath provides support for the body’s skeleton and soft tissues, fascia can be damaged by illness, injury, trauma, and other stressors, each of which can cause an immediate or gradual imbalance in the connective tissue network. This imbalance, resulting in tightening or shortening of the fascia, can be experienced as stiffness, discomfort, decreased flexibility, or pain. If the fascia becomes chronically shortened, it can lose its resilience and be unable to relax even when the body is at rest.
Goals of Connective Tissue Therapy
The goal of CTM is to normalize and restore health to the fascia network. Without the use of oils or lotions, connective tissue massage effectively:
- Manipulates fascia, promoting relaxation and vitality
- Relieves chronic tension
- Increases ease of movement
- Improves posture
- Enhances self-awareness
- Provides immediate relief from symptoms without excessive force
Connective Tissue Massage for Injury Rehabilitation
Since CTM reduces stress, relieves chronic tension, and improves flexibility and posture, many athletes and dancers use this technique to enhance their performance.
Connective tissue massage also helps prevent and rehabilitate many types of injuries and minimizes the body’s vulnerability to future injuries. It is also used after trauma for a fuller and speedier recovery, as well as to alleviate symptoms of neuromuscular disorders and chronic conditions.
Conditions Helped by Connective Tissue Massage
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Connective Tissue Therapy improves range and freedom of motion, increases energy, reduces tension, and provides an enhanced sense of well-being.