Everybody is talking about fascia these days. The term springs up at the gym, in the pharmacy newsletter and at the doctor’s, giving the impression that fascia may really be the solution for everything!
What’s behind the phenomenon?
What exactly are fascia?
Why are they so important for you?
Just a buzzword, or is there more to it?
Fascia are another term for connective tissue. Like a delicate network it surrounds all structures of our body, thereby connecting muscles, organs and bones. It is everywhere in your body!
The connective tissue network has been integrated into physical therapy for decades, but has really moved into focus over recent years. The reason for this is partly due to the expanding market, flooding potential clients with roles, balls and specific fascia training, as well as advanced understanding of the role of fascia.
Traditionally, fascia were not attributed much impact. It has now become clear that this tissue plays a crucial role in the transmission of power and in coordination in our body. If the fascia don’t work properly, you will never reach the full potential of your body. Long-term consequences include functional limitations and pain, which can greatly impact on your daily life.
How does pain develop?
Fascia can only work correctly if they maintain their relocatability. Lack of activity, poor posture, or muscle overload can cause sticky adhesions in the fascia network, limiting their relocatability. This leads to reduced joint mobility, leaving you not only to feel stiff, but also to develop pain.
From head to toe – and up again
As fascia lines can be extremely long, distant areas can influence each other.
An example is the myofascial backline. It starts at the sole of the feet, travels up the back of the leg, up to the neck, and terminates at the forehead.
By visualizing the route, it becomes clear why it is sometimes useful to treat the soles of the feet to treat back pain.
Fascia and training
However, it is important to not only associate fascia with pain. The fascia system is also of great importance for athletes trying to increase their performance with intensive training! The fewer sticky adhesions are present in your fascia system, the more targeted you can work your muscles, with much higher control. It enables you to finally reach your full physical potential and to push your limits. No matter whether you are working on strength, speed, or endurance.
Self Myofascial Release
Self Myofascial Release, or SMR, is a term to describe self-treatment to release sticky adhesions in the fascia network. It requires a specific tool to build up local pressure at the pain locations. This signals the body to reduce the tone of the tight muscle. In addition, you resolve the sticky adhesions of the connective tissue and give them back their necessary mobility.
It is therefore in your hand to free yourself from pain and limitations, and to improve your quality of life again! The backrelease is the perfect tool to reach each and every point of your body and to treat every point of pain.
Anytime – anywhere.
More about fascia: https://www.anatomytrains.com/fascia/
Laura, a physiotherapist for ten years