I have been fascinated with Fascia ever since I learned more about it in Massage School. This incredible dynamic system is not understood very well yet plays a very important part in every movement of the human body, without it we would be a big bone-filled blob.
Fascia serves many different functions. It keeps internal parts separate by wrapping around it and allowing them to slide easily. It’s very strong and resist overstretching and serve as an emergency break.
The latest discoveries show that fascia is our richest sense organ, because it possess the ability to contract independently of the muscles it surrounds and it responds to stress without your conscious command. Fascia is like a body hugging sheet of fabric over your body, from the top of your head to your toes. You can’t move just a piece of it without bringing all of it along.
Fascia has self-healing, flexible and tough properties. If you think about all the movements and how much it has to hold in weight throughout the day, then you can begin to appreciate how much it does for you. Poor posture and lack of flexibility along with repetitive movements pull the fascia into ingrained patterns. This results in adhesions formed within the stuck and damaged fibers, like snags in a sweater, and once they’ve formed they are hard to heal. Fortunately it is reversible if you start to take care of your fascia.
So how is a few helpful things to know in order to care of your fascia:
Move it or lose it: adhesions form between fascial surfaces that are not regularly moved and over time these adhesions get strong enough to inhibit range of motion. So daily stretches from head to toe is the best for prevention and optimum maintenance. Tight spots cannot be forced and have to be stretched slowly and gently.
Stay Hydrated: most of your fascia is made of water so it works better and feels better when it is moisturized. So regular water intake just makes sense.
Stretch your muscles: since fascia surrounds your muscles, any chronically tight muscles will also have tight fascia compressing the muscles and nerves so stretching is the best thing you can do along with massage work.
Relax: if you are tense and tight at work all day, remember to take regular breaks to relax and move the body so there is more blood flow into the areas of tension.
Take care of your body: serious injuries require immediate attention so don’t ignore them. The fascia will adapt to the new patterns and recovery will take longer. Delay in proper treatment will turn into a chronic and/or recurring injury. Get medical help and see a professional that can help you recover permanently.
As a massage therapist and Bowenwork practitioner, I can offer techniques and treatment that should be part of your fascia wellness and injury recovery.
Ramilton Franco L.M.T & BowenWork Practitioner