June 09, 2024

Why Is Fascia Stretching So Important?

Hi Everyone,

Are you caring for your fascia?

Looking after your fascia is vital if you want to be fit and pain-free. If you are unfamiliar with fascia, let alone why fascia stretching is important, this post is for you.

What Is Fascia?

What Causes Fascia Pain?

Symptoms of Tight Fascia

Why is Fascia Stretching Important?

What Does Fascia Stretching Do?

How to ‘Feel’ Your Fascia

Stretch your fascia

What Is Fascia?

Fascia is this amazingly dense, clear, 3-dimensional structure that wraps around your joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and internal organs. It is made of collagen and elastin and carries more nerve endings than any other tissue.

Every part of your body has layers of interlacing fascia holding everything in place. It’s like an internal bodysuit holding you together! Without it, you would collapse on the floor.

On a basic level, fascia is a support structure allowing easy movement between your body’s muscular, skeletal, and visceral components. It enables proprioception, your body’s sixth sense of action, coordination, and self-movement.

On a deeper level, it transmits thoughts and feelings through millions of nerve pathways. Essentially, fascia allows the conduction of consciousness throughout your body. If you think it, you will feel it in your fascia.

When your fascia gets tight due to immobility, stress, inflammation, or poor nutrition, it causes pain and tension.

When areas on the body are stressed fascia issues arise

What Causes Fascia Pain?

Fascia pain can be caused by:

  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Inflammatory food
  • Poor nutrition
  • Digestive problems
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • High blood sugar levels
  • Repetitive movements that strain one part of your body
  • The wrong types of exercise
  • Surgery
  • Injuries and old injuries that haven’t healed correctly
  • Working or living in cold environments
  • Sedentary lifestyles – fascia requires movement to work efficiently
  • Physical, mental, and emotional stress
  • Not breathing correctly
  • Infections
  • Poor posture
  • Physical misalignments and imbalances (we often don’t know we have them!)

 

Because of the way fascia stretches and contracts, it’s easy to mistake fascia pain for something else. For example, hip pain may be due to fascia tension in your hamstrings. Or your painful shoulder is sore because your neck fascia is tight.

This is why regular, consistent fascia stretching is so important for your health and well-being.

 

Fascia neck pain

Symptoms of Tight Fascia

Symptoms of tight fascia include:

  • A tender knot
  • A deep, aching pain
  • Tender muscles
  • Muscle weakness
  • Circulatory Issues
  • Swelling
  • Reduced mobility
  • Compression
  • Headaches
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

 

The good news is that fascia is self-healing and can reverse any pain and damage with the right stretches.

Fascia issues come through the lumbar

Why is Fascia Stretching Important?

Healthy fascia relies on regular movement, stretching, and good hydration. If you are inactive, don’t stretch enough, or don’t drink enough water, your fascia will become dry, tight, and painful.

Any classic stretch can be turned into a fascial stretch, but they are not the same thing.

An effective fascia stretch involves the right dynamic movement and the correct breathing. It should feel good, but it shouldn’t be painful. Not too tight, not too loose, and for the right amount of time – but you will feel your point of sensation.

There is an art to movement, which I teach on the Eat Burn Sleep platform. Fascia loves multi-directional movement so I have created a whole range of videos to guide you through fascia stretching.

Stretching your fascia correctly reduces inflammation, strengthens muscles, and improves body composition. It is good for digestion, the immune system, and mental wellness. These movements will improve your day-to-day activities and help you work, rest, and play in a pain-free way.

To ensure that you keep your fascia in good health:

  • Live an anti-inflammatory lifestyle. This is what Eat Burn Sleep is all about. We focus on gut health, optimum nutrition, daily movement, and restorative sleep.
  • Be active and move regularly. Our bodies need motion to maintain healthy circulation and metabolism. If you have a sedentary job, be aware that it takes less than 60 minutes to cause tight fascia in your hamstrings. You must stretch out and move for at least two minutes every hour. Set an alarm if you need reminding. It’s that important.
  • Stretch regularly to reduce the risk of inflammation, circulatory issues, and pain in your joints.
  • Adjust your posture. Be mindful of how you are sitting and standing. Slouching or compensating for a sore body part all play havoc with your fascia.

 

Poor posture can lead to fascia issues

What Does Fascia Stretching Do?

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Increases mobility
  • Releases tension, relaxes and rejuvenates your whole body
  • Helps you stay mobile as you age.
  • Increases blood and lymph flow
  • Supports immune health
  • Allows for a better range of flexibility and movement
  • Improves body alignment
  • Reduces scar tissue
  • Reduces your risk of injury when exercising

 

It is so important to stretch and release tension throughout the day so that it doesn’t build up and cause you pain.

How to feel your fascia connection

How to ‘Feel’ Your Fascia

To feel the connectedness of your fascia, try this exercise:

Sit on a mat, legs in front of you, and relax with your spine elongated. Make sure that you are warm.

Roll your head down slowly, leaning forward, and guide your head to your knees. Can you feel the stretch?

Now point and flex the toes. Feel how that stretch changes. Only you will know how that fascia stretch feels because we all are unique, and our connective tissues are personal to us all.

You should feel the benefits of the proper movement in your brain, too! It’s incredible.

A red-headed girl smiling because she stretches her fascia at the desk

So, now you know the fuss about stretching your fascia.

There are over 170 movement videos on the EBS platform, including 16+ stretching videos. All are excellent for your fascia.

Some of them are accompanied by full-body meditations, which are incredibly nourishing for your mind, body, and soul.

Girl doing a fascia stretch with one hand out and an opposite leg stretching

Believe me, you will feel amazing following an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.

But don’t just take it from me. This is what EBS Member Natasa has to say about the program:

“I have lost almost 10kg since starting EBS.

I’ve had knee surgery, and my knee pain has really reduced, and my post-op recovery is going very well. I am not taking anything for pain relief.

Everywhere I go, I just talk about your platform. Thank you so much! I absolutely love this lifestyle.”

And, you can check out hundreds more reviews on our Testimonials page.

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Ready to stretch your fascia and start living the anti-inflammatory way? Find out more about our membership options now.

With love,

Yalda x

 

Yalda Alaoui is a qualified Naturopathic Nutritionist (with a foundation in Biomedicine) who studied with the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. She has spent over a decade performing groundbreaking research in chronic inflammation and gut health.

 

Yalda Alaoui

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