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Knowledge for life
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Our inner support
FASCINATING FASCIA Fascial tissue fibers can be found inside of us everywhere. It
was long thought that this network of white fibers served merely as sheathing. Now
researchers recognize its surprising importance to health and well being. It offers
possible explanations for why massage, acupuncture and yoga can help alleviate pain.
The Healing Needle
New findings show that the acupuncture
needle acts upon the fascial tissue layer. It
is there that cells and fibres react to
mechanical stimulus. Many acupuncturists
today insert needles directly into “trigger
points”. These highly excitable, rigidified
locations of connective tissue and muscle
are sometimes as small as a grain of rice,
sometimes the size of walnuts. These highly
pain sensitive points can, it is believed,
unleash effects upon other distant locations
of the body. For this reason, acupuncturists
also set additional needles into other
areas distant from the source of pain.
Cupping has been known around the world
for more than thousand years. Not only
does it improve circulation, but it also has a
soothing effect on fascia. The suction
generated through the vacuum within the
warmed cup, triggers biochemical reactions
in deeper layers, which aid healing.