In the fascial web, the neck is the isthmus between the lower body and head. The Lancaster infant research showed that for head and neck issues to fully resolve, the straining fascia from below, especially the pelvic floor, also had to clear. You could not truly “fix” the neck by working it alone.
In addition to pain, the following neck conditions can have a strong fascial component:
- Narrow airway: breathing issues for infants, mouth-breathing in orthodontic children, and sleep apnea in adults can involve tight fascia.
- Reflux: 15 million Americans report daily heartburn, and 60 million report heartburn at least once a month. Fascial strain in the upper esophageal sphincter, esophagus, lower esophageal sphincter, diaphragm, and stomach can be a major part of the problem.
- Speech: Fascial strain into the vocal cords can present speech problems.
- Swallowing: Fascial restriction in the hyoid area affecting the suprahyoid and infrahyoid muscles can cause swallowing issues.
- Failure to thrive: We see this phenomenon in infants with any combination of the above.
- Thyroid: Since we know histologically that the fascial web connects to every cell of every organ, fascial strain here can affect its function. Additionally, many people with an underperforming thyroid gland may also need supplementation because of iodine depletion in the soil.
- Tonsils, adenoids, and lymph nodes: The lymphatic system is important for optimal immune function. Since the thin-walled lymphatic vessels are vulnerable to fascial strain in the neck, restriction can cause lymphatic back-up causing enlarged lymph nodes, tonsils, and adenoids.
- Vagus nerve issues: Swallowing, taste, speech, breathing, heart rate, and digestion can be impaired with fascial strain around the vagus nerve.
- Hand and wrist conditions: Carpal tunnel and other issues can begin in the neck vertebrae due to fascial strain.