What is it? The fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs. It is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or the membranes of an orange.
The Fascia is an architectural term for a vertical frieze or band under a roof edge, or which forms the outer surface of a cornice, visible to an observer. The finished surface below the fascia and rafters is called the soffit or eave.
The fascia is like a plastic wrap around all of the muscles and organs that is connected and penetrates the entire body. Together, muscle and fascia make up what is called the myofascial system
It is a structure that can adapt and is highly innervated by the nervous system. It plays a role in many functions of the body. Fascia is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue system that filters through the entire body. It is a continuous network that envelopes all muscles, bones, and organs of the body. This broad definition of the fascia describes the facial tissues as an interconnected tensional network that can adapt to the demand placed on each part of the fascia.
Most people think cellulite is a fat issue, when in reality it is caused by distortions in your connective tissue - fascia! When the fascia is adhered, it can pull the skin inward and, as the fat pushes through the fascia, it creates the dents and crevices we call “cellulite”.
The fascia's rubber band like qualities returns your body to an original position after being elongated. This thinning of the excessive build-up of fascia frees the body to move at its best.
Nevertheless, there are three layers of Fascia; three fascia types, each with its own distinct function and properties. Myofascial release (MFR, self-myofascial release) is an alternative medicine therapy that claims to treat skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles. This I can attest to since I’ve had massage therapy procedures performed on me by my very own massage therapist.
But, what are some of the benefits of myofascial release or Foam Rolling? Here are a few:
Corrects muscle imbalances
Improves joint range of motion
Relieves muscle soreness and point stress
Improves neuromuscular efficiency
relaxes our muscles
Provides optimal length-tension relationships
Try having a massage done at least once a month for starters at begin experiencing some of the benefits.