Benefits of Fascial Work for Athletes
What is fascia?
Fascia; a connective tissue that surrounds and connects every muscle, organ and bone in your body. Fascia is a 3-D web that provides structure, and acts as a support network in how it holds structures together and is a foundation for other tissues to connect to.
What’s it made of?
It is made up of three main components; elastin, which allows the fascia to stretch; ground substance, a jelly substance that provides shock absorption and is a lubricant to the elastin and collagen fibers; and collagen, which gives the fascia strength to hold our body in shape. Collagen fibers are proteins that have binding sites that can attach to water, or other collagen fibers. The more cross binding that occurs between neighboring collagen fibers, the stronger and tougher the tissue becomes. The more water binding to the collagen, the more flexible the tissue becomes. This can help you understand why dehydrated tissues are tough and hard and hydrated tissues are soft and pliable.
Excessive repetitive movements or trauma increases the density of the fascia by building on itself resulting in impaired movement, and circulation. It holds you into the damaged position, and limits your ability to move out of that position and holds the bones in limited and unnatural connections. This damage or trauma situation now requires immense amounts of energy to move instead of efficient movements. RMT can release the excess fascia to allow more range of motion and allow you to move more efficiently.
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