The Fascia Fallacy

Anatomy dissection of a cadaver showing adductor canal using scalpel scissors and forceps cutting skin flap revealing important structures arteries veins nerves

Most health professionals or skeptics do not deny or discount the existence of fascia. Still, critical professionals will deny the grandiose claims about interventions targeted towards fascia, with no bearing in reality or support by objective evidence of a specific effect of said targeted intervention. Using surrogate outcomes without measurable impact on objective outcome measures and relying on unsupported assumptions about fascia is not helping.

The ignorism of many fascial promoters on the importance of one single entity, the fascia, is, at best, hugely problematic. Single-factor thinking is equally problematic, particularly in healthcare. 

This includes any intervention with a single factor or tissue-based target, that being the brain or nervous system, correcting muscle firing, fixing muscle asymmetry, posture correction, joint dysfunctions, subluxations, movement dysfunctions or fascia correction, and myofascial release.

By reducing the cause of a problem to a single event or factor, we give the people under our care a colossal disfavor and provide them with a disadvantage in their recovery. When we reduce the problem to one single factor by actively ignoring all other potential contributors, we are doing people a disfavor. Solely focusing on a single tissue or factor, we actively participate in ignorance. We don’t treat muscles, fascia, or the brain; we help a living, thinking, and feeling human being.

The real losers in this event are people under our care. When we choose to only focus on (or search for) one single factor, we are simultaneously choosing to be blind to all of the other possible contributors to people’s problems. Thereby drastically reducing the possible solutions to their pain or problem.