Many adults probably know the symptoms of myofascial restriction without knowing it by name. It can present itself as a dull, persistent ache in your knee, lowered range of motion in your shoulder, or muscles that tighten up while you are sleeping. These symptoms could be age related as these aches and pains do get worse with age, however they could be what is known as myofascial restriction. Fascia is a web like connective tissue that surrounds and holds the shape of all of your soft tissues in your body, including your muscles.
To understand fascia and how it works, think of an orange. Under the orange peel is the pith, the white fiber netting. Beyond the pith is the membrane that gives orange slices their shape, and even deeper is a thinner membrane that forms the tiny individual pulp. All of this internal material — the netting and the membranes — is much like the fascia in the human body.