There is so much I could say about the British Fascia Symposium 2018, it was FAB doesn’t quite cut it! I’ll share some info through the week, for now I’ll just share this pic of Carol Davis, Vice Chair of the Dept of Physical Therapy at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. Carol gave a fantastic talk explaining that for anything to get in or out of the cells in our body it must pass through the fascia the cell is embedded within. It is important for fascia to be fluid. When fascia is congealed, cellular transmission is restricted or shut down completely. One metabolic process affected where this occurs is energy production. Chronic fatigue is a symptom in many of the autoimmune dysfunctions which appear more and more commonly, Fibromyalgia being one. Pharmaceutical treatment of pain caused by such conditions adds toxins into the body which further congeal the fascia, the immune system then kicks in to deal with the toxins (foreign to the body) and inflammation, the body’s natural healing response, occurs. Systemic inflammation is often the result. I see this so often in practice where a person has chronic pain. The upshot is Myofascial Release can ‘melt’ the fascia, restoring fluidity and helping to restore cellular function. Awesome.