A Healthy Fascia Refreshes Your Brain
Ever wondered why massage feels so refreshing? Well, apart from relaxing the muscles, massage helps release stress build-up in your fascia!
You’re probably wondering what fascia is, right? Fascia is a connective tissue that covers, protects and supports the body and organs. It is a complex interwoven membrane covering the entire internal body systems (bones, blood, ligaments, tendons).
Fitness experts have realized that muscles are not the only culprits when you’re experiencing stiffness. Fascia plays a big role in how you feel and how well you move. In fact, there are more pain receptors in your connective tissues than in your muscles.
Fascia contains collagen – an elastic substance that helps to cushion the effects of force when, for example, you jump and hit the ground hard, by distributing pressure evenly throughout the whole body. Both mental and physical stress can damage this connective tissue. Just think of it as a cellophane wrap around your muscles, which can tear when you pull or stretch too hard.
When stress sets in it can accumulate in your fascia, causing your connective tissue to stick. Unhealthy fascia can result in poor posture, mobility issues, and severe pain.
So, How Do you Overcome Stress and Restore Proper Body Function?
1. Drink Enough Water
The stale, one-size-fits-all 64 oz. doesn’t do justice to different body weights. Drinking half your body weight in ounces per day is a better yardstick for hydration.
2. Move More
Movement relaxes the muscles, hydrates your connective tissues, and soothes your fascia. This releases tension and makes you feel better. Hence, try to move around after prolonged sitting at your desk or in front of the TV.
3. Practice Myofascial Release
Myofascial release aims at stretching, working out, and smoothing the fascia. It eases bottled-up tension, ensuring you’re in top form physically.
A healthy fascia refreshes the brain. Once the brain is performing at its best, the messages from it to the rest of the body are clear, fast, and right on point. In turn, your strength, focus level, decision-making and skill learning improves dramatically. Employees, for instance, are more proactive and productive without knowing exactly why.
Want to Experience Less Pain and Enhanced Mobility?
At Function 4 Life, we’re focused on bringing you relief via Fascial Stretch Therapy and Myofascial Release so you can maximize your function for life. Ready? Book an appointment with our team now at function4life.com.