For years, we’ve all known the benefit of diet and exercise. Eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis because of it’s exponential benefits; losing weight, increasing strength and endurance, reducing stress and many more physiological benefits! We feel good after doing some exercise.
During your workday you may notice some repetitive movements…. Do you sit for long hours? Drink lots of coffee? Or Under high amounts of stress?
Believe it or not, everything that we do can affect our Fascia – the connective tissue inside of our bodies. Fascia is like the siding of a house when we look at connective tissue binding siding together. It is different from a facial and it’s not quite in relation to stretching only your face….
Fascia is connective tissue runs from our head to our feet. There are approximately 12 lines of fascia connecting from head to toe and roughly 10 layers deep from skin to bone. Although referred to as lines or fascial meridians, they don’t quite travel in lines as directly, but think of a spiderweb of tissue that is very elastic, moves as we move, tightens and shortens and can twist and turn. There is a matrix of this webbing that runs around muscle fibre bundles, links to joints, tendons, ligaments and organs and bones – much like cling wrap and made predominately of water and collagen!
There is still so much research being done on the Fascial system and it’s complexity…. It connects to our nervous system, blood vessels, nerves, innervate the connective tissue and our bodies also contain Golgi Tendon Organs (GTO’s) and proprioceptors such as ruffini endings which help us with what feels good or bad. One of the challenges when it comes to injuries and pain is trying to establish why there is pain? Where is it coming from? How do I fix it?
Although pain like this is much more difficult to diagnose, what we do know now is that if the body or muscles are; under stress, anxiety, repetitive strain, excessive fitness training, trauma from accidents, injuries, surgeries or from not being used (sedentary), they can all contribute to tight connective tissue that can cause muscle imbalances, poor posture and lead to more pain. Dehydrated tissue will stick together like glue and not slide as well past each other, making movement feel more rigid and stiff.
Having healthy, hydrated and tissue that slides well is certainly a bonus when it comes to having your body move and perform well. Whether you are and Athlete, or work in an office, everyone can benefit from releasing connective tissue to help relieve pain and stiffness in order to improve mobility and optimize your bodies’ performance.
Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) was created by a lovely couple in Arizona, Chris and Ann Frederick (www.stretchtowin.com) and they developed an assisted stretching program that helps the body in all planes of movement. Using Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Faciliation (PNF), client can connect breath with movement to help alleviate the tension and restrictions in connective tissue by combining traction, oscillation and circumduction of fascia to increase your flexibility by 30% in one session!
Want to know more? Book your complimentary demo session today to feel the difference!
FST 3 Stretch Specialist
416 525 5813 or book online through www.synergistix.ca