Fascia is a layer of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, vessels, nerves and our organs holding them all together.
On the surface fascia connects our skin to our muscles and our muscles together. This then forms a kinetic chain (our muscles have an effect on one another during movement). When one is in motion, it creates a chain of events that affects the movement of neighbouring joints and muscles. The fascia even binds individual muscle cells together completing the connection from skin to cellular level.
Fascia also keeps our cells alive, it is constantly moving and protecting us as it responds from internal and external forces – a bit like a shock absorber.
Fascia becomes restricted for a variety of reasons for example incorrect posture, trauma and lack of constant and repetitive movement. It becomes dehydrated and sticky which then causes things to stick together this is when (what we call) muscular knots form. This then effects the kinetic chain (movement) and places tension and stress on the surrounding structures i.e. muscles, joints and organs.
What we can do to help?
- Drink plenty of water
- Rest – this is how tissue (in our body) rehydrates
- Stretch before engaging in exercise
- Get regular massage treatments