Fascia seems to be the latest buzzword in the fitness industry these days.
Its always been there, but is only now getting the recognition it deserves for the huge role it plays in human movement, biomechanics, injuries and pain.
But, what is it exactly?
There are some very lengthy definitions, full of anatomical jargon out there. That’s all well and good, not to mention, important to know if you are working at a certain level where that depth of knowledge is appropriate. However for most trainers, clients and students a more simplified definition and breakdown, is a lot more useful.
Therefore I come up with terms and images that help turn a highly complicated definition into something much more digestible.
I describe fascia as a sack or sheet that envelops the entire body and connects all the muscles via connective tissue, primarily collagen.
Think of a chicken breast, the breast or meat being the muscle and the fascia is the film like substance over the top that holds the muscle or meat stable and somewhat tight.
From this we can take that fascia is very much a stabilizer and without this stability movement is unspecific and uncontrolled.
So, Why is it important?
Fascia contributes to, not only stabilility but also movement awareness, biomechanics, injuries, and pain. Therefore fascia plays a much more prominate role than originally thought. By understanding how fascia weaves its way through the body, we can also begin to understand the effect of training techniques and myofascial release more clearly.
Stay tuned over the next few weeks on Instagram and here for more in-depth look at fascial slings and exercises to mobilize, strengthen and optimize movement using this knowledge. Until then Ill leave you with a question to ponder............