Advertising
Advertising

Everyone Should Learn More About The Cinderella Of Soft Tissue: Fascia

Everyone Should Learn More About The Cinderella Of Soft Tissue: Fascia

In simple terms, Fascia is a combination of connective tissue fibers residing under the skin’s surface in our bodies. The function Fascia carries out in the body is to attach, stabilize, enclose, and separate muscles and internal organs.

Tendons and ligaments are examples of Fascia that absorb shock and distribute impact. For example, when tendons are tight, dehydrated, and shortened, they are unable to absorb impact and cause pain.

Fascia also has an organ suspension function. Each organ in the body, whether liver, stomach, or intestines, are initially wrapped in a layer of Fascia, including the pelvis, ribs, and spine.

Joint health, injury free sports, healthy organs, and fluid movement are all dependent of Fascia, and a healthy body system on the whole.

Advertising

Sleep and Exercise

Sleeping better has a direct correlation with Fascia and in order to lead a healthy care free life sleeping is of vital importance. Different types of sleepers would benefit from a variety of stretching exercises.

Some of them are listed here:

Stretch #1: Crab Walk

Anchor your feet towards the floor, pressing firmly into it, with your hands and face away from the body. Make sure to squeeze your glutes and press your hips until you look almost like a table top. Breathe deeply, keep your chin pressed to your chest, and hold it.

Advertising

Crab-Walk

    Stretch #2: Stretch the Longus Capitis

    Lay on the floor, while pressing your hands to your feet. Lift your head off the floor slowly and curl your chin to your chest. Repeat six times approximately. Exhale, and do not hold your breath.

    Stretch #3: Stretch the SCM

    Lay on the floor while reaching for your heels with your hands. Press your feet firmly into the floor. Retract your chin and tilt your head to one side without turning your neck. Hold the end point of stretch and return to the start before you release.

    Stretch #4: Stretch the Shoulders

    In a doorway, press one forearm in the door frame at 90 degrees. Both feet are on the floor and your head should be reaching up to the ceiling. Step forward to stretch and stay for thirty seconds. Deep breathing helps release fascia during the hold.

    Stretch #5: Leaning Back

    Kneeling on a comfortable surface, with knees hip width apart, squeeze glutes, and the knees towards one another. Lean back until the burn feels intense. Make sure your low back is flat.

    Advertising

    Stretch #6: Stretch the Rectus Femoris

    Lie on your stomach, pull the heel of one foot to the buttock, and press the held foot into your hands. Keep hips on the floor and hold for thirty seconds. Release and switch feet.

    Stretch #7: Stretch the Psoas

    Kneel down and make sure your back heel is turned out. Squeeze glutes as tight as possible. Press hips forward without arching your lower back, while keeping your spine long and erect. Add tension in the arms by either pressing towards the floor or out in front of the torso. Hold for 60 seconds, switch legs, and repeat.

    Stretch #8: Stretch the Lumbar Curve

    Stand against a wall, with feet to the floor. Arch your back, so it separates off the wall, reverse curve and press entire back to wall, holding the body tense as you perform this stretch.

    Fascia

      A Summarization: In Total

      Ultimately, fascia is connective tissue. The composition of fascia is collagen, and its densities range from mere candy floss to a more thick fibrous fascia. It is the fabric that holds us together. It aids in transmitting forces throughout the body as a whole. A fascinating statement is that there are 10 times more sensory nerve endings in fascia than in muscles.

      Advertising

      Key: Loving your Fascia

      In order to love and take care of your fascia, do these four things:

      1. Move Frequently

      2. Move functionally

      3. Get a massage

      4. Fascial stretching

      More by this author

      Ramanpreet Kaur

      Currently a student but don't know what direction to go in: Let us see if writing gets me anywhere :)

      Why Drinking Water Is So Good For Your Body How To Go Through College And Stay Sane The Oldest Person In The World Reveals Her Secrets To Longevity If You Have A Weird Sister, Never Leave Her Alone 13 Amazing Yiddish Words That Can’t Be Directly Translated Into English

      Trending in Health

      1 Can You Stop Depression from Damaging Your Brain? 2 Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It) 3 How to Practice Guided Meditation for Sleep to Calm the Mind 4 How To Overcome Anxiety and Feel More at Ease (Part 2) 5 10 Health Benefits Of Avocado

      Read Next

      Advertising
      Advertising
      Advertising

      Last Updated on May 15, 2019

      How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

      How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

      As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

      “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

      When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

      Advertising

      Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

      We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

      But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

      Advertising

      So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

      It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

      1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

      Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

      Advertising

      2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

      This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

      You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

      3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

      This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

      Advertising

      4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

      How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

      So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

      If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

      And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

      Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

      Read Next