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Fascia: Addressing Pain and Improving Function from the Feet Up.

How Chains of Fascia Cross Your Feet and How We Can Address These Problems By Focusing on Restoring Mobility and Stability from the Feet Up. 

When experiencing pain in the lower back, hip, or knee, it could be essential to discuss the condition of your feet. Yes… your feet! Fascia is a complex network of thin fibrous tissue layers that envelop individual muscles and organs while also interconnecting with neighboring muscles and organs throughout the body. This expansive fascial system spans from the crown of the head to the soles of the feet and is composed of twelve fascial chains, each of which corresponds to a group of muscles and fascia that function along similar lines throughout the body.

The feet play a particularly significant role in influencing the movement of the rest of the body as two of these twelve fascial chains – the deep front line and the spiral line – intersect beneath the arch of the foot. These two chains traverse both the inner and outer legs, crossing the knee, hips, pelvis, abdomen, and lower back before continuing all the way up to the head.

In today’s blog post, we want to underscore how persistent low back, hip, or knee pain that fails to respond to traditional treatments, but can be alleviated by targeted myofascial and soft tissue therapy along these two fascial chains. This includes treatment of the feet, which can significantly impact the functionality of the rest of the body.

Myofascial and soft tissue therapies are techniques used to address pain, tension, and dysfunction in the muscles and surrounding connective tissue. Myofascial therapy focuses specifically on the fascia. This technique involves applying sustained pressure to areas of tension or restriction in the fascia, with the goal of releasing these restrictions and improving overall mobility and function. 

Both myofascial and soft tissue therapies can be used to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal issues, from  the chronic pain in your lower back, hips, or knees and injury to postural imbalances and movement restrictions. By addressing underlying issues in the soft tissues, these therapies can help to promote healing, reduce pain, and improve overall physical function.

Stay tuned for future blog posts, where we will delve deeper into the importance of appropriate tension along these fascial chains to further reduce pain and optimize movement. We will also explore the concept of tensegrity – a critical aspect of fascial function.

In summary, the fascial system is an extensive network of connective tissue that plays a significant role in the movement and function of the body. When dealing with persistent low back, hip, or knee pain that doesn’t respond to conventional therapies, it’s essential to consider the condition of your feet and the fascial chains that run through them.

Focused myofascial and soft tissue therapy can be an effective way to address tension and restrictions along these chains and restore mobility and stability. By promoting healing and reducing pain, these therapies can help improve overall physical function and quality of life.

We hope this blog post has shed some light on the importance of fascia and the ways in which targeted therapy can help address chronic pain and dysfunction. Stay tuned for more informative posts on the fascinating world of Facia. 

If you’re struggling with low back, hip, or knee pain that isn’t responding to conventional therapy, we encourage you to reach out to Rebalance PT. Our experienced therapists can provide a free consultation to discuss how targeted myofascial and soft tissue therapy can help address the underlying issues and improve your overall physical function. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a pain-free life.






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