They’re calling it the “Interstitium,” which references the interstitial space, or the space between the cells. The structure of this “organ” is body-wide, found everywhere, and has incredible implications in understanding the spread of cancer.
And several articles about it:
They’re not the first ones to notice this “organ,” however.
Others Have Noticed The Fascial System Too
It’s also called the “extra-cellular matrix,” or the myofascial complex. Those of us who have been working with it for years now often simply call it “fascia.” [Fash-uh]
John Barnes, PT, my teacher and the creator of the John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach®, has been working with and teaching about the fascial system for 40 years now.
His approach has brought relief to what must be tens of thousands of people, helping them out of chronic pain that the traditional medical approach couldn’t touch, restoring their lives, and giving them back bodies that work.
He was quoted in another article about the Interstitium for SmartHerNews.com
There’s also Jean-Claude Guimberteau, a French hand-surgeon, who noticed that human tissue is not as they describe it in the textbooks. He made quite the study, filming living tissue, and producing a book, The Architecture of Human Living Fascia
And Thomas Myers, author of Anatomy Trains, who noticed the fascia has many completely continuous “trains” of support and elasticity.
Also, Mina Bissell, a breast cancer researcher, who with her work, has shown that the extra-cellular matrix has an effect on the behavior of tumor cells.
The Traditional Medical Approach Has A Glaring Flaw. And Someone New Just Noticed It.
This is fantastic! More people are coming to the realization that the way medical science has viewed the body, while logical, has been flawed! It’s missed the fundamental nature of the tissues.
The approach scientists have used is analogous to chopping down a bunch of trees, stripping the bark and branches, studying the logs, and thinking you know all about a forest.
Logical, sure. Useful, possibly. Missing the big picture?? Completely!!
All tissue study has relied on cutting, dehydrating, and then studying a sample on a slide. Not surprisingly, all they ever saw in the interstitial spaces was densely packed collagen. In living tissue, this space is a fluid-filled web of fibers, gliding, shaping, and shock-absorbing as needed. On a slide, devoid of the fluid, this structure collapses and is completely overlooked.
What Does It All Mean For You?
Other than the exciting implications for better understanding cancer and health, it’s one more piece validating what we’ve been saying for years. The health of your fascial system matters!!
And the doctors you’ve been going to haven’t known about it…at all.
Keep in mind, the studies so far have taken no notice of the problems that occur in the fascial system. Restrictions, dehydrations, adhesions, scar tissue, gelling, gluing, pulling, crushing, twisting…
It’s not magic, it’s not inexplicable, it’s just gone unnoticed by the mainstream.
The health of your fascial system matters. And has considerable influence on every part and system of your body.
We’ve been saying it for years. We’ve been helping people out of pain that doctors couldn’t touch, for years. Even though we’ve been dismissed due to lack of evidence and studies.
Now with all the stir in the medical science world as they start to recognize the role of the fascial system, I’ll say it again:
If you want a healthy body that moves well, feels great, and lasts for years…
…you need to take care of your fascia, uhm excuse me, interstitium.
Luckily, there’s already a local clinic to help you do that.
We’re happy to talk.
Over ten years ago, Michael happened upon myofascial release and was hooked instantly. Here, finally, was a practice that recognized the wholeness of a person, required the utmost integrity and courage to be a therapist, and led to profound healing for those who dared go deep!
In his pursuit of true therapeutic artistry, Michael has trained extensively with the creator of the Myofascial Release Approach®, John Barnes, PT (a therapist and teacher of the highest caliber) and has been an assistant instructor in his seminars.
When not helping people out of the pains that have frustrated and limited them for years, he is driven just a little bit crazy by three wonderful kids.
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