So you all have heard me talk about Fascia and the workshop I went to at the end of February (that seems so long ago!) And I know you have heard me talk about skin rolling that I often do on the back as a way to separate the skin from the fascia, but…
What is fascia and why is it important?
It is a thin layer of connective tissue that surrounds and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber and muscles in place. The tissue does more than provide internal structure, fascia has nerves that make it almost as sensitive as skin.
Sounds pretty important, huh?
Fascia is one of the least understood tissues in the body and imbalances in the fascia can lead a lot of physical problem, from chronic pain to limited range of motion. Very much like trigger points in the muscle belly also can and they are very closely related.
How can our fascia become imbalanced?
It can be caused by a trauma the same as the muscles can from a fall, or whiplash for example. It can be over stretched from repetitious use or become shortened and more compact from little use. Very similar to the muscles. A lot of similarity is because not only is the fascia in sheets under skin, but it wraps each muscle belly AND then also wraps each fiber in the muscle belly.
How can we improve the health of our fascia?
There several things we can do to keep our fascia healthy. And a lot of it you here about your muscles too. First, drink plenty of water, especially in Colorado. Stretch before and after exercise and during a break from working in front of the computer. Foam rolling muscles and fascia. Exercise classes, yoga, walking, running, biking. Sauna, hot tub especially after going to the gym. And lastly, myofascial work, deep tissue, massage cupping all help not only your muscles but also the fascia.
What are the benefits of healthy fascia?
-improved body symmetry
-increased blood flow
-reduced appearance of stretch marks and cellulite
-scar tissue changes
-less day to day pain
-improved movement and range of motion
So next time you come in ask about some of my new techniques. You will also find that a lot of the things I’ve been doing all along are also good for the fascia, but it’s always good to learn new things too.Let's connect on social