The extracellular matrix is part of a larger connecting system extending throughout the body that consists of the cytoskeleton (a "molecular scaffolding" that gives each cell its shape and ability to move) and the nuclear matrix within each cell. Combined, these matrices form a "tissue tensegrity-matrix system"—the living matrix—which provides the structures and abilities of the physical body, such as physiological regulation, memory, and awareness.

The living matrix generates and transmits vibrations in the form of mechanical waves, electrical signals, magnetic and electromagnetic fields, heat, and light.

In this fascinating excerpt, Dr. Oschman provides a historical and biological perspective on the development of the Living Matrix Concept.

He describes a continuous network from the cytoskeleton within each cell, to the extracellular fluid matrix, to the myofascia itself as a body-wide system of communication and support that is vital to all functions.

This system has a remarkable property for the storage, transmission and processing of information that governs homeostasis and determines our level of health and well-being.

Dr. Langevin has proposed that fascia/connective tissue may function as a previously unrecognized communication system.

She hypothesizes that the connective tissue forms an interconnected cellular network throughout the body and functions as a body-wide mechanosensitive, signalling network. The signals being electrical, cellular and tissue remodelling.

Dr.Langevin proposed signalling is potentially responsive to mechanical forces, movement and posture, and can be altered in pathological conditions such as local decreased mobility due to injury, pain and inflammation. This can then cause a physiological response in neighbouring structures.