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Posted on September 9, 2020 by Michael Boettcher
Anyone who wants to remain mobile, vital and pain-free in everyday life and during sports should do something for their connective tissue. In recent years, this insight has gradually gained acceptance in physiotherapy, sports science and medicine. Fasciae are attributed a special role in the musculoskeletal system. Regular fascial training relieves tension and pain and has even been proven to reduce cellulite. In general, it can be said that fasciae need exercise. Well-trained fasciae become more and more important, especially after midlife.
Fasciae are connective tissue sheaths that enclose muscles, organs and bones. Located under the skin, they form a network of connective tissue that runs through the entire body. In the process, the connective tissue is assigned important tasks: It transmits the power of the muscles, ensures that the muscle layers can glide well, communicates with the nervous system, serves as a sensory organ, provides protection and substance exchange for the internal organs and forms the basis for a beautiful body shape. What medicine has so far only believed in the muscles, will from now on also be credited to the fasciae.
Fasciae react to stress and stimuli. If they become matted or sticky, pain and movement problems can be the result. Ideally, they are supple and elastic, but if our body is exposed to constant stress or lack of movement, the fasciae harden and pain is virtually pre-programmed. The connective tissue should therefore be trained specifically – 10 minutes of training twice a week is completely sufficient for this.
For successful fascial training, only a few tools are required. With the so-called fascial roll, pressure is actively exerted on a specific muscle, which makes it easier to remove accumulated fluid from the capillary system. This method also favors the regeneration of the muscles, for example, after sporting overexertion. Fascial balls, on the other hand, can be used for massages, providing more mobility in the joints and promoting the sense of balance.
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