Two Reasons Your Movement Potential is Dependent on Healthy Fascia (Proprioception and Glide)

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. 

Your movement potential as a human, whether you’re athletic or your goal is to age with balance and mobility intact, is very dependent on fascial/muscle/nerve GLIDE. 

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 🙂

  • Anne Brown says:

    What an eye opener! What is the best water to drink? (pH, mineralized, energized?) What’s the best way to actually get it to the faccia? I drink a lot but am still dehydrated.

    • Hi Anne – the BEST way to get water into the cells is to OPEN YOUR FASCIA. That way, your ECM (the part of the fascia that is extracellular, meaning outside the cells that need the water) can act like a well, storing water for your cells so they can “drink” when thirsty. Your cells know how to get the water, it’s the lack of water in the ECM that dehydrates you!

  • Dave Bohler says:

    I can see where optimised fascia can make a big difference in balance and overall health as you age. These are great thoughts you are coming up with.
    I am 78 now, and have been doing Tai chi and qi qong forover 5 years, following a serious lower back pain issue. I’m pretty much pain free now, and feel much younger than my years. These exercises are good for overall health, and in particular work on the fascia by twisting and turning the fascia during doing the Tai chi form.
    I know my balance has been improving, but I can see from this video that fascia releasing can help balance even more.
    I have recently startied a preventive fascia release program using your video techniques, including quads, biceps and other upper body release work. But my approach has been sort of hit or miss and guesswork to pick the best techniques out of the dozens you have posted. (a plethora of riches! ????).
    It would be great to have a menu of suggested fascia release techniques to use for an optimism program.
    Could you suggest a menu that would give the best results for the least effort that I could include in my regular routine?
    Thanks for anything you can provide. After finding your site, I am very excited about including this work in my lifestyle.

  • Don Hubbuch says:

    Thank you for this video. It explains much regarding the aging effect on fascia for us seniors. I have hip imbalance, and following your videos for releasing fascia in the front of my above the knees to my hips has almost eliminated my back pain issues. I was rolling my “butt area” and it just was not working. When I switched to rolling my quads, IT , abductor area, everything on the back side quit hurting! For me this is a total blessing….. God Bless you for your videos. I share them on the Tricantoric Bursitis Facebook page when I read post asking for suggestions. Thanks so much!

  • Elisha—-The information on EMFs is very important to get out to the public as is the water content in our entire body especially the amount in our fascia..Getting to know our own systems well is a challenge especially the optimal amount of hydration for each and every individual’s body as we are all unique–any unique and original suggestions (your opinion of course).Keep up the good work–Kathnell–See you in (101)–going there now.

  • Keith D Lorino says:

    Is that mean foam rolling whole body?

  • Diane Whalen says:

    I agree releasing the fascia has been gruelling.I am also working with. My physiotherapist Interesting what you said about the glide of the muscles depends alot on condition of the fascia.The more I learn the more questions keep comingIt’s great watching your videos and combining your knowledge base with my other practictioners ie physiotherapy,fascia puncturing and acupuncture not to mention vitamins water collagen the list goes on.I am committed to getting better but it is a long road I have been on for recovery Thanks for your work????✌️????

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