A very basic description of fascia is that it's the connective tissue of the body. It is three-dimensional and extends throughout the whole body. It consists of three layers: superficial, which is just under the skin; the deep layer, which surrounds the muscles, blood vessels and organs; and the deepest - which is the dura - which surrounds the brain and spinal cord.The fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a web or flexible netting that can stretch and move.
When physical trauma occurs it becomes tight and restricted – just like muscles. It can be injured by overexertion for the horse's level of fitness, or fatigue caused by stress accumulated over days or weeks of work. Accidents and surgery, overuse injuries, stresses and strains, saddle problems - among other things - can also damage it.
By using hands-on techniques we can help the fibers to re-align. We have to hold stretches or pressure for a period of time for it to work effectively. True Myofascial Release works with the fascia – rather than on it.
With some of the horses that I have worked with the changes in them were quite obvious and sometimes very dramatic. Pelvic rotations were corrected and postures and gait were improved.
So what results can you expect? Increased range of motion, improved stamina, helps with muscle injuries and circulation to name a few things. It also helps with healing, tissue repair, improves function and performance and strength while reducing pain and helping prevent future injuries.