We all are put together a bit differently, and some of us have joints that allow more movement than others. Plus, we can have individual differences in our fascia and connective tissues.
What is FASCIA? If you haven’t heard about it, this blog is for you.
What is Fascia?
Facia is a thin casing of connective tissue that surrounds and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fibre, and muscle in its place. In simple terms Fascia is the tissue that ties it all together.
Scientists are continually learning more about fascia and the role it plays in our movement and our health. It contains a rich network of nerves that make it almost as sensitive as skin. When it is stressed, it tightens up.
Even though it looks like a single sheet of tissue, it’s actually multiple layers that are separated by layers of a liquid called hyaluronan.
What Is The Impact Of Fascia On Mobility?
Healthy fascia stretches and glides as it moves because it’s flexible and supple. But if it becomes damaged or unhealthy, it gets thick and sticky. It can dry up and tighten around your muscles.
You can imagine how this can get in the way of your mobility and even cause painful knots. If you’ve ever tried to “roll out” a knot using a foam roll, you know first-hand how painful this can be.
What Are The Causes Of Sticky Fascia?
- A sedentary lifestyle with limited movement each day
- Repetitive movement
- Trauma or injury
“Fascia does not discriminate, it simply keeps growing and eventually hardening into
whatever shapes you make most often with your body. Unfortunately, today that most likely means your body resembles the shape of an office chair.” – Janu Vanier
The key to flexibility and mobility is engaging the fascia. It impacts on how we look at training, exercise and health. Want to know more about how to train your Fascia, write to us at email@example.com.
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