is not always just what you see on the surface, it has layers beneath and form fibers that reach like tree roots attaching. This can cause dimpling or ridges in the skin and can pull on other structures that should normally glide smoothly over each other. Scar tissue can feel tight when you move and it can even adhere to nerves to cause discomfort.
Fascia is a type of white connective tissue that is very strong yet flexible. It serves as the pliable foundation for all of the soft tissues in our body. Fascia layers to separate muscles, it forms slings to support organs, and it creates various compartments for blood vessels and nerves to pass through. It can vary greatly in size from a thin invisible netting under the superficial skin to large broad bands, and thick base layers against the bones.
Fascia can tear during injury, it can become inelastic with chronic inflammation, and can develop sticky adhesions or restrictions that either binds things too tightly or cause them to be too rigid. These cause pain or other strange sensations that don’t respond at all to the usual massage or stretching.