No, not the F word. What we're talking about is Fascia, also known as connective tissue or “packing material” that acts as scaffolding throughout the entire body. Fascia is like a flexible “shrink wrap” that surrounds muscles, bones and organs. The function of fascia is to support, cushion, maintain shape of the structure, act as a riverbed containing the flow of interstitial fluid, and is critically influential on the immune and hormonal systems. Connective tissue has numerous roles in the body and is an underlying determinant of movement quality, mood, alertness and general well-being.
When an injury results, it often leads to alterations in movement and possible prolonged compensation can become a permanent part of the structure, remaining long after the initial injury heals.