Fascia Explained

“I combine the best Sports Acupuncture and Myofascial Therapies… providing fast, effective pain relief for athletes of all ages and abilities.”

– Todd Fluck M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

“The Fascia” Explained – Why is it important?


Fascia… It’s where the changes happen.

Each one of our muscles is surrounded by a thin membrane of connective tissue called fascia. These membranes serve the same purpose as cartilage does for the bones; they allow the muscles to slide upon each other, which they have to do in order to contract or stretch during movement.

( Notice all of the muscle compartments in the illustration. Each one is separated by the translucent tissue which is fascia. )

Whenever a muscle is impacted (contact sports, falls, etc.) or overused (lifting weights, running, over-training, etc.), the microfibers dehydrate and thicken in between adjacent layers of connective tissue to bind them together which reduces movement potential.

These Microfibers are nature’s internal cast. Unfortunately, they do not go away after the area has healed and they tend to accumulate over time, making the muscles stiffer and more tense with age.

Fascia up close

All of the tissues in the body are separated and suspended in a sea of this connective tissue. Scientists now believe that this is the substance that we are made of. Bones, organs, blood, nerves, vessels, etc. are thought to be specialized tissues born from fascia. This explains the inter-connectivity of the body.

When fascia is viewed up close, like in the video, it appears shiny, wet, and slick. The slippery nature of fascia is what allows all the tissues in the body to slide in relation to one another. If the fascia gets dehydrated from trauma or disease, the movement and communication between structures becomes diminished. This results in feelings of stiffness or pain and burning with movement. The goal of South Jersey Sports Acupuncture is to restore the fine movement, and hydration to the facial web.

Please watch the video. It’s pretty amazing!

Treating the fascia

All of the therapies practiced at South Jersey Sports Acupuncture work directly with the fascia. They have been developed to combat and release the stiffness and tension caused by the accumulation of fascia. Many times, immediate relief can be felt.

Therapies I combine to restore the fascial health of my clients:

  1. Acupuncture
  2. Acupuncture with Electrical Stimulation
  3. Dry Needling
  4. Cupping
  5. Guasha (IASTM)
  6. Manual Myofacial Therapy


Benefits of working with Todd Fluck:

  • Trusted by South Jersey with pain and stress relief since 2006.
  • Let Todd’s experience save you time and money by eliminating the guesswork.
  • Licensed Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist
  • Certified In Rolf Method of Structural Integration
  • Highly skilled in trigger point, myofascial release, cupping, and IASTM
  • Sports Injuries
  • Pain Relief
  • Stress Management
  • Neuropathy

Todd’s treatment style is based on years of clinical experience, extensive knowledge of human physiology, and the application of an ancient knowledge base that has evolved over thousands of years. His treatments are rooted in tangible biomedical principles and reliable theories based on empirical evidence. Acupuncture effectively brings the nervous system into balance; calming pain signals and releasing spasms in the body. Acupuncture reduces the effects of stress on the body and mind. Providing alternative health care since 2006, Todd has earned his reputation in the community and delivers top level customer service. Working closely with physicians, Todd also maintains an integrative medical approach. Serving Marlton, Medford, Cherry Hill, Voorhees and surrounding communities, Todd specializes in Pain Management, Sports Medicine, Neuropathy, and Stress Management.

Why Choose Us


There are very few people trained in Acupuncture and Rolfing. Both practices can stand on their own as very effective modalities. With years of clinical experience in pain relief and functional improvement, Todd views the body in a distinct way and has combined the principles of Acupuncture and Rolfing to create a unique healing system.


Acupuncture is proven by solid research to be effective for treating pain and reducing the effects of stress. Rolfing and Myofascial Therapies are also extremely effective for pain relief and stress reduction. The goal is to draw from the best of both practices and combine them to be as effective as possible.


Since 2006, Todd has effectively helped the community with pain relief and stress management. He has a proven track record and testimonials from a wide range of people. Through continuous study and practice, Todd has developed and honed his skills and expertise to provide you with a relaxed and comfortable experience.

Our Treatment Specialities

  • Knee Pain
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Tennis or Golfers Elbow
  • Hamstring Strain
  • Sciatica
  • Shin Splints
  • Groin Pulls
  • Concussion
  • ACL/Meniscus Tears
  • Hip Flexor Strains
  • Acute Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Facial Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Acute Spine Pain
  • Improve Nerve Conduction
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Stress Relief
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
Fascia’s involvement with pain

Currently, researchers are trying to gain a better understanding of fascia’s role in pain and pain syndromes. An understanding of fascia also helps explain why certain therapies are better than others and why drugs like pain killers and NSAID’s aren’t always effective.

Since 2006, I have gained clinical experience with facial manipulation and pain relief. I have seen trends and tools come and go. I have figured out the most effective tools and therapies for fascia and pain relief. In my practice I prefer to use acupuncture to calm the autonomic nervous system which reduces muscle tone. I like dry needling to mechanically break up contracted muscle fibers, fascial adhesions and trigger points. Guasha, also known as Graston or IASTM, is excellent for breaking up and hydrating adhesive connective tissue. Cupping provides sustained vacuum to the superficial fascia which helps to restore the connective tissue matrix, which in turn increases pain free range of motion. When all else fails, I use Direct Release Myofascial Techniques to manually stretch and restore health to the fascia.

“We can help you!”

We offer a wide range of therapies to help you get the results you’re looking for.

Our Location

Office Location

Todd Fluck – Acupuncture for Pain and Stress Management 5000 Sagemore Drive, Suite 200 Marlton, NJ 08053 856-912-8219