There are a lot reasons healthy fascia will increase or optimize your movement potential, but today we’re talking about the top 2 critical roles you must take advantage of if you want to maximize your athletic potential and/or age with your mobility intact.
Have you ever used a resistance bike in a gym? You know the kind: you can crank up the resistance and make it really hard to pedal, moving at a snail’s pace while exerting a lot of effort. When the fascia within your muscle bellies gets dehydrated, it first passes through a sticky phase where a bunch of strands or pieces of fascia stick to each other like velcro. Fascia is composed of mostly water, and then glycoproteins and collagen. When fascia loses its water content, its now a substance that is more sticky than watery, and when this happens…your muscle fibers can’t GLIDE.
So our first critical role is the ability of your fascia to facilitate efficient muscle movement via effortless glide. Effortless glide happens when your fascia has a lot of water in it. When it becomes sticky and denser, asking your muscles to contract and expand is like asking you to get on a resistance bike and move fast with the resistance cranked up. You’re going to expend more energy to do the same movement.
And before you go thinking “well maybe that’s good because I’m burning more calories?” That’s like saying it’s better to gain weight so your body has to work harder to move around, thus burning more calories.
You can restore glide with fascia release that uses compression and movement to “shear” fascial adhesions, which activates fasciacytes who in turn synthesize hyaluronic acid, which imbibes the water you drink into your fascial system. Don’t worry, you don’t need to memorize the science. All you need to know is that healthy fascia creates glide, and you make your fascia healthier when you release it through compression and shearing or pin and stretch.
The other factor involved in your athletic potential is proprioception. I wrote a blog post about this a while back and you can click here to read a more in depth article on it. Proprioceptors facilitate balance and conduct movement, and the reason fascia is important in proprioceptive ability is that you have 10 times as many proprioceptors in your fascia than muscle fiber. Fascinating, right? Your fascia contains the richest sensory nerves that create awareness of body position, balance and conduct movement…
Yet most athletes today still focus on a combination of strength training and cardio to increase their athletic potential. Healthy fascia means healthy proprioception.
Watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments below! How are you going to use fascia release to improve glide and/or proprioception, and what is your ‘why’? Are you an athlete? Do you want to age with mobility and balance? Share below 🙂
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