This is always one of the fun questions every student of the body encounters. It's usually followed by imagining each organ and trying to see if the brain is larger than the heart, or if the liver is larger than the brain. Then the questioner drops the answer and usually feels quite satisfied by blowing someone's mind. The SKIN. Hold the phone though. Our smug questioner is still wrong. The FASCIA is the largest organ in the body. Double mind blow.
Three questions arise from this "new" information.
1. What on earth is Fascia?
2. How did scientists miss the largest organ in the body for hundreds of years?
3. Why does it even matter?
Let's tackle these questions.
1. Take a look at the pic below. All of the white material is fascia. In the pic you can see that it holds muscle tissue together. If we were to zoom out, we would see that it wraps around all of the organs, bones, muscles...everything. It is the CONNECTIVE TISSUE. It's what holds your body together.
2. Usually a scalpel is used to cut things apart, but someone finally used it to see how things are connected. In doing so, they found that all of the white and yellow material we had been cutting through and disposing of was all connected and in fact created a huge system of biomechanics.
3. Oh, it matters. Everything you feel is a result of how tight or loose the fascia is. Do you want to drop to your knees and cry in pain when someone rubs out a knot in your shoulders? All those knots, and trigger points are caused by problems in your fascia. Remember, the fascia wraps all of your muscles.
LET'S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!! It's time to Foam Roll. I'm going to begin releasing instructional videos on the Formation Youtube page that will show everyone how to methodically relieve those knots, make the fascia move and thereby improve the health of your entire body.
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