Have you ever consistently worked out, trying all the various exercise techniques and classes available, yet still deal with those “problem” areas? Are you an athlete who’s aim is to perform at optimum level at all times? Or, have you experienced an injury, continuing to suffer from pain and limited mobility even after therapy?
You probably have heard of connective tissue, but do you really know what it is? The connective tissue we are most familiar with are bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Truth is, little has been known about the connective tissue fascia, until now. As it happens, all other connective tissues are dependent on the health of our fascia. Because of this, many health, fitness, and weight loss issues are greatly affected. What if pains could more easily be relieved, aging process slowed down, and even “cellulite” disappear? Surprisingly, we simply haven’t understood the root cause.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is a highly sophisticated system of cells that is spread throughout your entire body. It also influences every other system of the body – circulatory system, cardiovascular system, muscular system, nervous system, etc.
Fasciology is the science that studies this system.
The Fascia System
In “The Cellulite Myth, It’s Not Fat, It’s Fascia”, Author Ashley Black explains the fascia system this way:
“Fascia tissue is a sticky, web-like substance that attaches underneath the skin and is literally everywhere in the body. It both separates and connects the muscles and the organs, bones, veins, and arteries that run through it. It both wraps around and penetrates your brain. It runs from head to toe, fingertip to fingertip, and surface to deep. It’s not just on top of everything; it’s under, in between, and throughout everything.”
The fascia system is comprised of cells just like everything else in your body is comprised of cells. The same is true for all systems of our bodies: Healthy cells equal healthy functioning. When fascia is healthy, it’s soft, pliable, supple, and hydrated. It supports the healthy functioning of the internal structures it surrounds and penetrates. When fascia is unhealthy, it tightens and sticks together, clamping down on everything it surrounds and penetrates, which is everything, and numerous problems occur. You can also have healthy fascia in some areas, and unhealthy fascia in others.
When fascia is unhealthy, it forms what we call restrictions, adhesions, and distortions. A restriction is a place in the body where the fascia is tight and restricting something, like blood flow, nerve activity, joint mobility, muscle access, or organ function. An adhesion is a place where the fascia is stuck together and balled up like duct tape, and is commonly referred to as a “knot”, which it is not. Adhesions can cause restrictions. A distortion in the fascia is where the tissue is pulled out of shape, or the body’s structure is distorted, such as with the appearance of cellulite, or when a person has a joint that is turned inward. When fascia is brought from an unhealthy state into a healthy state, we call this “restoring the fascia”.
Unhealthy Fascia Affects Different Systems of the Body
- Blood: The blood runs through the fascia. Therefore, if the fascia is unhealthy, then the blood does not flow properly.
- Nerves: Nerves also run through the fascia. Therefore, if the fascia is unhealthy the nerve signals can be disrupted and the messages to and from the brain can be negatively affected.
- Muscles: The muscles and tendons are both covered and penetrated by fascia, so unhealthy fascia can inhibit their ability to contract, relax, and stretch. Muscle and tendon function is so important because their role is to provide strength and movement.
- Spine and Joints: The spine and joints have fascia running all around and through them. When the fascia is unhealthy, the joints and spine can be compressed, twisted, or contorted.
- Brain: The brain is covered in fascia, and essential to our overall sense of well being. Unhealthy fascia can clamp down on our brains, causing headaches, brain fog, and a multitude of other symptoms.
How Fascia Can Become Unhealthy
There are many reasons fascia can become unhealthy, and they are different for every person: Food, stress, hormones, allergies, lifestyle choices, schedule inconsistencies, genetics, medicines, hydration, how you move your body, to name a few. Fascia is a system made up of cells, so anything that affects cellular health affects your fascia. The exact relationship of all these factors is part of an evolving science, and science is always changing.
There are various recommendations how we can restore our fascia. Some health and fitness professionals suggest stretching for ten minutes a day, foam rollers, hydration, using the sauna, cold therapy, cardiovascular exercise, and yoga.
There is a tool that has taken the world by storm called Fasciablaster. Health professionals all over are now using it in their practices and businesses. Massage therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and trainers alike are obtaining better results among their patients and clients than ever before. It is a trademark tool that is available to everyone. Since its inception, they have produced several variations, including one for the face. There are literally hundreds of tutorials by the company, and even online communities for both men and women. Who knew? Now YOU do!
Possible Benefits of Restoring Fascia
- Smooth the skin
- Breakdown of fat cells
- Increase blood flow and volume
- Improve nerve activity
- Increase muscle access
- Change in bone structure
- Breakdown of scar tissue
- Reverse aging
- Improve mental capacity
- Improve brain connection
- Stimulate detoxification
- Improve organ function
- Improve emotional well being
- Improve sports performance
- Inhibit pain
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Reference: “The Cellulite Myth. It’s Not Fat, It’s Fascia”, by Ashley Black