This theory came about in my private practice, after several clients noticed their eyesight improve after an upper body session in which we released their anterior neck (specifically their scalenes).
Eyeballs are fascia-rich, nerve-rich and definitely require healthy blood flow to function optimally so it made sense to me that this could be possible.
After this was brought to my attention, I noticed that sometimes my eyes would get blurry while trail running.
What are most trail runners doing with their head and neck? Looking DOWN! If not consistently, at least a lot. The hillier and more rocky the terrain, the more I’d be looking down and the blurrier my eyes became.
As so many people do these days, I look down a lot – at my clients when I’m stepping on them to release fascia, at my computer when I’m writing blogs and emails and I’m just as guilty of looking at my phone as you probably are.
When we look down a lot, we tighten the fascia of the anterior neck – specifically those SCM’s and most of all, the scalenes.
Guess what lives here? The internal carotid artery, whose branches (primarily the opthalmic artery and its branches) bring blood flow to the orbit (eye).
Fascia wraps blood vessels and muscle fascia, in addition to nerve endings…so there’s a TON of fascia in our necks, particularly near the base of the neck near the clavicle and into the armpit (where the enormously important and large brachial plexus lives).
When this neck fascia becomes restricted, theoretically it could begin to “strangulate” blood vessels, hindering the free flow of blood. But blood ALSO travels via the fascial system, which also carries the body’s WATER content.
Water is also critical for good eyesight, as every cell and nerve relies on a water rich environment to glide, communicate and conduct brain/body communication (via nerve impulses).
This is an opportunity for a group citizen science experiment – if you try these recommendations and notice improvement in eyesight, PLEASE share your results so we can establish if this is a truly credible theory!
COMMENT BELOW with your results and/or thoughts on this theory 🙂
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