Spring is coming, which means it’s time to put the spring back in your step and start moving! Let’s get you moving and introduce you to your fascia.
Fascial tissue is a web-like connective tissue underneath your layer of skin made up of water and collagen fibers, as well as proteins called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and proteoglycans. It is the connector to your tendons, ligaments and muscles linking your movement patterns into a kinetic chain when you dance, throw an object, lift heavy objects or run. Before your muscles move, your fascia is the first to receive the signal from your brain to get moving.
It’s taken some time, but sports performance experts are finally turning their attention to the health and function of fascial tissue to help athletes remain resilient and injury-free. But there’s no reason that everyone can’t take care of their fascia and benefit from ease of movement in everyday tasks.