April 23, 2021

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What Is Fascia?

Have you ever been preparing raw meat and come across a weird, white, transparent layer that looks like skin between the fat and muscle? That’s called fascia and all animals have it, even us! Fascia is a system of tissue that surrounds our muscles and organs to keep them in place and reduce friction. It’s the reason why your muscles stay attached to your bones and your organs stay in place!

Fascia has become something of a fascination to researchers and physical therapists because, until recently, it was thought of as a passive tissue. Have you ever wondered why your muscles knot up and become sore? That’s right, you’ve found the culprit. Fascia is a very thin, yet strong layer that must bend and twist with our muscles, so, when it becomes unhealthy, it gets sticky and clumpy and even restricts your body because your muscles can’t move as well as they should. Making your muscles knot and reducing your flexibility.

What can I do to Improve my Fascia health?

So, what can you do to improve the health of your fascia, and what are the symptoms of unhealthy fascia? They’re pretty much the same things that cause your body to be unhealthy: lack of exercise and sleep, overusing or injuring your muscles, stress, dehydration, and even poor posture. Unhealthy fascia can cause problems like having sore muscles, back pain, and is even thought to cause cellulite, although more research is required to be sure. Here’s a shortlist of things that you can do to have healthy fascia!

  • Stretch for 10 minutes a day
  • Rolling out your tight spots
  • Cardio
  • Yoga
  • Staying hydrated
  • Myorelease Massage

Who Benefits From having healthy Fascia?

Why, everyone, of course! Keeping your fascia healthy has the same benefits that keeping your body as a whole healthy. Since fascia covers every single one of your muscles, keeps them in place, and is spread throughout your entire body, it directly affects your overall flexibility and ability to move. That being said, if you’re an athlete or work a body-demanding job, you should definitely be keeping your fascia in mind during your post-workout routine or after your shift.

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