Sunday, September 22, 2013

How Fascia Affects Your Wellness

All the white stuff is fascia

So what is fascia?

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

According to Wikipedia: "A fascia (/ˈfæʃiə/; plural fasciae /ˈfæʃɨ.aɪ/; adjective fascial; from Latin: "band") is a layer of fibrous tissue. A fascia is a structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, binding some structures together, while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other. Various kinds of fascia may be distinguished. They are classified according to their distinct layers, their functions and their anatomical location: superficial fascia, deep (or muscle) fascia, and visceral (or parietal) fascia.

Like ligaments, aponeuroses, and tendons, fasciae are dense regular connective tissues, containing closely packed bundles of collagen fibers oriented in a wavy pattern parallel to the direction of pull. Fasciae are consequently flexible structures able to resist great unidirectional tension forces until the wavy pattern of fibers has been straightened out by the pulling force. These collagen fibers are produced by the fibroblasts located within the fascia.

Fasciae are similar to ligaments and tendons as they are all made of collagen except that ligaments join one bone to another bone, tendons join muscle to bone and fasciae surround muscles or other structures."

According to Dr. Gil Hedley

What is connective tissue?

Tissue that connects, supports, binds, or separates other tissues or organs, typically having relatively few cells embedded in an amorphous matrix, often with collagen or other fibers, and including cartilaginous, fatty, and elastic tissues.

What are adhesions?

An abnormal union of membranous surfaces due to inflammation or injury. Refer to my injury cycle article.

What is scar tissue?

Connective tissue that has contracted and become dense and fibrous; consists of fibroblasts in new scars and collagen fibers in old scars.

What is hygiene?

Conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease.

What is habit?

A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition.

So what am I supposed to make of all this?

If you've never brushed your teeth your whole life, it's going to be pretty dirty. Think of going to a doctor or physical therapist like your first dentist trip. It can only do so much, its more to educate you and give you an idea of where you are and try to clean your teeth as much as they can. But its a lifetime of build up.

So to keep the process going, you must go home and brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and rinse. Not just once, but every day forever. Unless you want to have more teeth and gum problems.

Over time your teeth will get cleaner and cleaner until it becomes a maximal amount of clean, after which you keep your practice up out of habit, and now to maintain and prevent.

Our teeth have come a long way, we have less dental problems than years past, because of these habits, even in spite of all the dietary problems we have. Our bodies? Not so much. With our teeth, we rely on our dentists a little bit, but we really rely on ourselves to take care of our teeth, and a difference is the dentist really does a good job placing that responsibility on us.

With our bodies, we leave it in the hands of others and have no hygiene. We do nothing daily to maintain our health, so of course we lose health.

Moving, mobilizing, stretching, using the foam roller and massage stick (or other myofascial tools), should be a part of your daily habit. Twice a day for 2-4 minutes like brushing your teeth. Break up the fascia, adhesions, and scar tissue, build up healthy connective tissue. Until the day you die, we create more new cells than kill off cells, use it to build a health body not a more dysfunctional one.

I've spoken so much on diet, sleep, and stress management in the past, I think its now time to focus on the physical body.

Weekly habits should be strength and cardiovascular training.

Sam Yang from an early age has been obsessed with connecting the dots between martial arts and efficiency, health, mindset, business, science, and habits to improve optimal well-being. For more info, join his newsletterYou can also connect to All Out Effort on Facebook and Twitter.

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