20 Apr FASCIA – the reason your tight all over
It’s all connected
Many times people often describe themselves as being ‘achy’ all over, they sometimes notice that when one area of the body is being stretched they feel it either further up/down the body. Others may tell you as one part of the body is injured they begin to notice other areas start to hurt as if the injury is travelling. A key reason for this is to do with the fascia.
What is Fascia
Fascia is a continuous type of connective tissue found under the skin which surrounds the muscles and organs. Its texture can be described like toothpaste or a web like matrix, whilst its behaviour is similar to blu tack.
The role it plays
Although poorly recognised until recently there is more and more research being produced on fascia and we are starting to get a better understanding. Currently fascia is understood to play a role in: controlling muscle tension and movement, providing a layer of protection, shock absorbing, sensory reception, bio chemical processes and haemodynamics.
When things go wrong
As mentioned before Fascia plays a role in tension and it is the fascia itself which can become too tight causing adhesions in some areas. Depending on where this occurs, this tightness can lead to discomfort and restriction of movement. Along with becoming too tight it can also become inflamed such as in the case of common injury; plantar fasciitis.
How to look after it
In order to keep the body the body moving well it is important to look after your fascia and the best ways to do this are as follows:
- REST – allows the fascia to repair and heal correctly
- HYDRATION – like a sponge good water intake prevents the fascia from becoming dry and hard which would make it more prone to damage
- FASCIA RELEASE – techniques done by health care professionals such as Osteopaths can help to break up any adhesions within the fascia and reduce any irritation thus maintaining optimal function.
So if you are feeling like you could do with being ‘ironed out’ or have any more questions about Fascia feel free to contact us or leave a comment.