A Video Tour of Live Connective Tissue

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I learned about Strolling Under the Skin, from my myofascial release therapist. This video is made up of Dr. Jean-Claude Guimberteau’s work.  He studies the way, fascia (connective tissue)  slides against itself in intricate interacting layers. “He has challenged the paradigm that the anatomy of living tissues is composed of virtual spaces or separate layers and replaced it with the notion that our bodies function as one dynamic tissue continuum [guimberteau-jc-md.com].”

The video is pretty dry, but it is worth it to see this rare footage of live connective tissue!!! SKIP TO 11 MINUTES IN TO SEE THE TISSUE

Every doctor who treats EDS should watch this.  The visuals are stunning and truly showcase the importance of connective tissue in a way more  powerful than any type of written or verbal explanation. The field of medicine should add a new specialty field just for fascia as it surely seems to be the missing link behind numerous disorders and diseases. In the past the fascia was not thought of as something that’s alive, but this video surely documents otherwise. The life of the tissue depends on water, which is absent from cadavers and thus is often missed in the study of gross anatomy.

The skin is the largest organ in the human body, but as of right now the fascial network isn’t included in this definition or classified as it’s own organ. Since the skin is connected to the underlying layers of tissue that eventually reach the outer layers of our internal organs, I think the fascia should really be incorporated within the definition of the organ. I expect that in the future, connective tissue will be seen as a system comparable to the peripheral nervous system ( the nervous system not including the spine & brain). It’s crazy to think that such an important concept has barely been researched! I’m hopeful that the future will bring a better understanding fascia and ultimately new treatment options for EDS.

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