There’s an fascinating article about fascia on this month’s problem of New Scientist (sadly there’s a paywall, however you may get a free subscription for 3 months, which I extremely suggest as a result of there are many good articles within the journal). These are connective tissues all through our our bodies, for instance, all of our muscle groups are encased in them. I first realized about fascia from Yoga lecturers who claimed one of many roles of stretching in holding our our bodies supple as we age is holding our fascia from stiffening up. There’s a good dialogue of stretching in one other New Scientist article here.
There was some backlash in opposition to stretching just lately. Beforehand it was regarded as helpful for warming up for train, however stretching chilly muscle groups is controversial. Additionally, there’s some proof that athletic efficiency really decreases after stretching. However to me, efficiency has by no means been a very powerful purpose for stretching. It’s to stay limber as I age, and it has labored effectively for that. I at all times stretch at evening when my muscle groups are heat. And now we all know no less than a part of the reason being holding fascia from tightening up with age. A study talked about within the article additionally confirmed that stretching reduces irritation. That is vital as a result of some circumstances akin to fibromyalgia and a few forms of again ache at the moment are regarded as associated to infected fascia.
I additionally realized from the article a few newer finding that fascia might play an vital communication function within the body- they really have no less than as many nerves as our pores and skin does and are known as a “hidden neural community”.
The article concludes that fascia has not obtained sufficient consideration in medical analysis up until now, however that can hopefully change as phrase of its significance will get out.