Connective tissue is usually understood as just something. It is nothing but valueless tissue filling the otherwise empty spaces in the body. Muscles and nerves are not connective tissue. However most other tissue in the body is just that. And it is big. 25% of all protein is bound in some kind of connective tissue somewhere in the body. It connects the skin to the rest of the body. It wraps all muscles and organs. It holds deposits of fat, water, salts and toxins. It ties muscles and bones together as cartilage and tendons. Liver and kidneys are mainly connective tissue. Even bones and the fluids of blood and lymph is counted as such.
Scientists are eager to specialize and categorize and thus differentiate between an endless number of connective tissue types. However, for our work we can simplify the matter.
Apparently some of these tissue types are less influenced by a Paralysis Hangover. This obviously hold true for bones and cartilage. There is little chance, that the bone structure can be put to rest and thus pose a problem in the aftermath. And yet some few people are suffering from a paralysis of the growth of the bone substance; osteoporosis. More on that in the section about the pineal gland.
On the other hand some of these many types may conveniently be treated as one such as the all important sub skin tissue, muscle- and organ supporting tissue.
Next we have the connective tissue, that stores water, fat, salt and toxins.
Lastly we have the a big group consisting of blood and bone marrow, of lymph, nodes and pathways.
The fascia is the connective tissue, that holds all organs, muscles and bones in one dynamic, flowing FASCInating web.
Throughout all of the modern science era fascia has been some nothingness sticking to skin and muscles. The white stuff you have to remove to get to the tasty red meet in the steak.
But alas, new research reveals a very different picture. It turns out, the fascia is an amazing structure, surpassing anything we thought we knew about the body.
The sequence at the picture below1, with just a few seconds in between each of the 5 screenshots, reveals the remarkable flexibility of the fascia. With the skeleton and muscles we can still cling to a mechanical picture of the body.
With the fascia the mechanistic understanding is crumbling right in front of our eyes. Everything you have heard about the overwhelming capacities of futuristic robots is wholly overshadowed by the construction of the fascia.
Well, that is the point. There is no «construction». It is merely a chaotic, ever changing net of not really so much to grasp. Even a cellular structure, which we a accustomed to believe, life is build around and upon, is wholly missing.
You think you see a node, and the next moment it is gone! They vanish, collapse or merge together with each other. Or a node glides as if to catch up with the changes in the forcefield.
At the picture above there are two sets of arrows. The upper set follows a node, as it moves from the middle of the picture to the left.
The other set of arrows, pointing from the bottom up, follows a strand on its path. Through the first three pictures it moves upwards to the left. At the fourth picture it has merged with a strand, coming from above, and in the fifth picture this new reinforced strand moves slightly downwards.
Modern engineers are using a principle, which in some way resamples the unique character of the connective tissue: Tensigrity2. To the right of the picture below is a principal representation of tensigrity.
The idea is, that the forces of any impact are distributed and shared throughout the structure, thus reducing the load on any single part of it. That is exactly what the fascia does. Contrary to the simple mechanical rod and wire structure the fascia is a living matter, that reorganizes and rebuilds itself in real time in order to adapt.
One reason why the fascia only recently got the attention of the scientific community, may be because is entails no cells at all. It is rather like a candy floss with some protein and fat added. Hence is has been named the extracellular matrix.
An other reason could be, that it is incomprehensible how this seemingly non centralized structure is managed.
To the left at picture above3 is shown another specialisation of connective tissue, namely how a tendon is supported. As the tendon moves towards the right, the supporting tissue develops telescopic in several layers.
A paper from the US National Library of Medicine sums up some of the characteristics of the fascia, that might help us understand, how it works, and how it integrates in the totality of the body. The authors emphasize the fascia´s ability to produce and carry electrical signals:
The collagen proteins have semiconductive, piezoelectric, and photoconductive properties, in vitro; therefore, the fascial continuum is theorized to produce and distribute electrical activity through the extracellular matrix.4
Now a picture emerges of a network of fascial fibres covering the whole body, which works through electricity; a network, which is highly sensitive to and capable of transmitting pain.
A Chinese paper takes this a step further and proposes, that it actually is the plasma fluid, slowly flowing around in the body along the meridians and outside the cells, that is the carrier of the lifeforce, qi:
We propose a conceptualization of qi as being similar to the interstitial fluid, and the meridians as being similar to interstitial space of low hydraulic resistance in the body. Hence, qi running in the meridians can be understood as interstitial fluid flowing via interstitial space of low hydraulic resistance.5
1Youtube video: «Strolling under the Skin» ADF-Films
3Youtube video: «Strolling under the Skin» ADF-Films