Fascia Importance to Functional Biomechanics

Science has historically ignored the importance of fascia. This semi-transparent film of connective tissue surrounds and permeates all organs, muscles, bones, vessels, and nerves. While it keeps them separated, it is more than just a protective wrapper--it's a continuous, complex system that provides structural support and serves as a linking mechanism for different parts. Fascia also allows tissue to slide, contract, and stretch, thus directly impacting our mobility and level of resilience.
 

A Sensitive Organ
Fascia has six to ten times more nerve sensors than muscles, giving it a large role in biomechanics--the physics of muscle movement. The strong neurological connection makes it possible for us to perceive the position of one body part relative to another, the speed of movement and the force used. This constant feedback mechanism lets us walk in the dark and perform movements without visual cues, like touching our noses with eyes closed and still maintaining equilibrium.

 

Hydration and the Right Diet
Fascia is composed of collagen and elastin, surrounded by a ground substance composed of 70% water and 30% glycosaminoglycans, a type of protein that turns water into a gel-like lubricant that facilities the gliding of connective tissues. 

Healthy, supple fascia is well-hydrated. Fascia benefits from a diet that is low in sugar and trans fatty acid, since both increase the risk of inflammation. Adding more raw, green, antioxidant-rich vegetables will protect the fascia from free radical damage. Fish oil, curcumin, and other sources of omega-3 fatty acid and vitamin A help preserve collagen and can even boost its production.

 

Stretching and the FAT Tool
A healthy diet and regular fluid intake is only half of the picture. What happens when there is prolonged inactivity, repetitive stress, injury, trauma, scar tissue, or inflammation? The fascia compensates by becoming denser and less flexible, reducing range of motion and affecting posture and body alignment. Fascial restriction can ultimately lead to chronic pain.

Proper stretching and the right massage will loosen the fascia and also result in better nutrient absorption and healing. This is achieved by using the revolutionary Fascia Abrasion Technique (FAT) tool. Its patented textured surface is optimally designed to produce maximum soft tissue tension release without applying excessive pressure and causing bruising. FAT, in particular, offers effective therapy alternatives for injuries like sprains, Achilles tendinitis, and strains, as well as old stubborn scars.

 

Conclusion
Many of the muscle pains and knots we experience are linked to fascia tightening or restrictions. Addressing them requires a holistic approach and integrative therapies, one that considers the fascia to be not just a structural organ, but a pervasive system essential to musculoskeletal function.

 

Sources:

http://www.fasciacongress.org/2015/conference/what-is-fascia/about-fascia/

https://www.thegeniusofflexibility.com/resistance-stretching/fascia.html

http://www.blainehealingarts.com/what-is-fascia.html

http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/the-top-5-ways-fascia-matters-to-athletes

http://www.magicalrobot.org/BeingHuman/2010/03/fascia-bones-and-muscles