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The Skin and Movement Connection

Did you know that how your skin moves (or doesn't move) matters to how your body moves?

The part of your brain that is responsible for organizing movement is the cerebellum. Motor control is how the brain controls movement, and it is driven by sensory information. Your brain gets constant feedback from your skin and connective tissues regarding sensation, pressure, temperature and movement. Through very complex neural pathways, your brain chooses which muscles to recruit to perform the intended task based on the sensory input.


When skin and connective tissue movement are limited, your brain chooses different muscle combinations. Over time, this can lead to altered movement and even chronic pain.

Scarf example of how damage to one area affects surrounding area

Skin trauma can come from many sources, such as surgical incisions, injections, tattoos, piercings, burns and scrapes/cuts. Your brain and body "keep a score" from birth to death of events that happen to it. An older area of skin trauma can be a root cause of acute or chronic pain even if the scar looks good and the person has no pain at the scar. Everything in the body is connected through fascia which is a type of connective tissue. This is how skin trauma in one area can affect muscle function far away from it. For example, an abdominal scar can affect the core muscles, hip and thigh muscles, neck muscles etc.

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