How to fight against tight fascia

How to fight against tight fascia

There's not enough evidence that nurturing your fascia can directly reduce your risk for cancer or disease. The tissue can impact your energy, your 5-kay performance and perhaps even your stress levels.

STRETCH EACH MORNING. Even a quick forward fold can help break up collagen in your fascia, allowing more oxygen to hit your muscles and setting you up for better movement all day long. To really reduce tension, hold stretches for five breaths or longer.

Yin yoga keeps you in poses about twice as long and advanced practitioners maintain their poses for up to five minutes! Researchers think static stretching may produce anti-inflammatories that help repair tissue.

GIVE YOURSELF A MASSAGE. Trying to improve fascial health without hands-on techniques is like trying to make a peanut butter sarmie without bread - it just doesn't work. Relieving kinks on your own improves range of motion and slashes soreness. Why? Kneading soft tissue removes collagen build-up and raises body temperature, which amps blood flow to pump nutrients to the area and flush waste.

DRINK UP! Our bodies are made up mostly of water and much of that H2O is in our fascia. So if you're underhydrated or dehydrated, the tissue will be dry and brittle, not wet and spongy. Even your skin can look dull when your fascia isn't hydrated because the superficial fascia gives skin its healthy tone.

EAT FRUIT AND VEGGIES. High levels of inflammation throughout the body infiltrate the fascial tissue, summoning pain. A clean diet that's packed with fresh produce and healthy fats and light on processed food helps minimize the I-word. Adding a daily serving of collagen, in the form of powder or bone broth, might even boost the collagen profile in your fascia, strengthening the web.

GET HOPPING. Scientists recently discovered that fascial tissue stores more kinetic energy than any other type of tissue - in fact, it's this spring-like material, not powerful muscles, that enables kangaroos to catapult as far as 13m. Because of this relationship, experts think plyometrics makes your fascia more durable and resilient by increasing its density. While all the other tips here will improve your fascia, only this one will actually strengthen it.

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