Maintaining and caring for your fascia is an essential part of keeping a healthy body and having a great physical quality. Probably, however, you don’t know exactly what your fascia is. The fascia is the mesh-like connective tissue found throughout your entire body that helps you be flexible and have wide ranges of motion. It’s the part of your body that helps you stretch when you first wake up. It’s important that you have a good lifestyle that keeps your body in motion, especially if you have cancer. Here are six reasons why your fascia is important and how to care for it.
Whether you get out of bed at the first alarm or hit snooze a few times, your motions are controlled by the fascia surrounding your muscles. When your fascia is healthy, it moves smoothly, almost like gliding as you perform physical functions. Difficulty or pain when moving is an indication that the fascia has met resistance (like hardening collagen or tight tendons from being sedentary).
Our organs are set in very specific places and with the exception of pregnancy, do not shift. This is because of the fascia holding it in place and making sure that they function properly. Our posture and breathing, being tied to our fascia’s movement, also affect how well or hard our organs work.
If your fascia is restricted, you’ll experience feelings of pain, stiffness, digestive issues, poor breathing, and organ dysfunction due to lack of nutrients and proper blood flow. Every time you breathe, move, reach and pull, your fascia is involved.
Weight lifters and powerlifters are considered strong because they can lift heavy weights or bench press high numbers. But even they are dependent on a strong fascia in order to complete these tasks. This is because it’s necessary to be able to have the proper form when lifting in order to avoid injuring your spine or muscles.
Every day, you make complex movements. Some are small, like waving your hand and others are more focused like when you type words. This flexibility is highly dependent on a well-lubricated and smooth fascia. This flexibility allows you to move easier without additional strain on your body.
Whole Body Workout
Often times, exercise is marketed as targeting certain body part (i.e. leg or chest day). But that’s not really the case as your fascia covers all of your muscles and controls your entire body. So even when you’re only working on your core, you’re also increasing the range of motion for your back and shoulders.
Even if you aren’t into labor-intensive sports or need extreme flexibility, keeping your fascia healthy will make your days easier. Being able to go for a walk or reach for a book on a shelf are simple things that can be hindered by damaged fascia. The fluidity of motion is something we don’t often think about daily until we can’t complete a basic task. To avoid this, try exercises like yoga, which focus on slowly extending your body’s range of motion while you learn how to control your entire body. You can also get deep tissue massages, which will break up any hardening around the fascia and relieve any stiffness.