Fascia also called fah-sha, is connective tissue, primarily collagen found beneath your skin, formed in bands which encloses and separates your muscles, bones, organs, cells, and blood vessels. Its three type deep, superficial, Visceral Fascia and Fascia has a few functions provides structural support, Protects organs, Protects muscles
Fascia helps your body’s muscles move freely with other parts in your body, like bone, and ensure friction is reduced. It’s almost like scaffolding for a building, but instead of bricks and other components, your fascial network is more flexible. You could say that fascia holds our bodies together.
“The fascia forms the largest system in the body as it is the system that touches all the other systems.”
James L. Oschman, PhD
Functions of Fascia
Fascia has a few functions for the body:
It provides structural support
Helps reduce friction
Communicates pain signals
Type of Fascia
What Causes Unhealthy Fascia
When you’re moving, your body’s fibers are supposed to easily glide over one another without problems. However, when your body sustains an injury or performs repetitive actions such as running or sustained positions like sitting or even “good” but repetitive movements like yoga poses, some areas of tissue can become inflamed.
This causes the inflamed tissue to tug on your fascial network. Think of it like knitting, when you pull on one wool string, it can cause other sections to pull as well. Because of this, the fascial sheaths cannot glide as easily, becoming wound up like a ball of string. This can lead to restrictions and pain when moving your body.
How Can You Treat Fascia?
It can take some time to ensure your fascia is healthy again, but relief when treating fascia is instant.
Below are a few methods you can implement in your daily, weekly, or monthly routine to start working on the health of your fascia.
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