What does fascia look like?

I keep posting on fascia and perhaps continue to assume that everyone is understanding the nuance of the bodily tissue I am speaking about.  Here are some dissection pictures from our Fascial Posture Training Course.   The participants dissected many layers of fascia from turkey breasts with skin and lamb shank.  You CAN try this yourself at home.  Take your time, no expertise is necessary.  While doing this little intro-cadavor work keep in mind that you are looking at tissue that is fresh but not alive.  If you look closely you will see the lattice formation of the fascial system.  It has chaotic organization.  Nothing is random.  The organization is optimum for the organism the fascia is a part of.  The fascia will hold traumatic impact and diseased states.  So at any one time parts of the fascia may be less healthy than other parts.

I suggest a piece of cardboard or a cork board for the meat so you can pin back the layers as you peel them up.  Notice how there is a layer around the bone, a layer around each individual muscle fibre, (pull the meat apart and see how the white, filmy tissue breaks between the muscle fibres, this is the fascia), another layer around the muscle bundle, a layer over the muscle bundle that connects the skin to the muscle.  All of these layers glide over the tissue above and below.  So essentially you are held together not by muscles and bones but by the fascia that surrounds the muscle and bones.

So the next time the children play with their dinner, it may not be such a bad thing.  Maybe they see the fascia.

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