There’s an attention-grabbing article about fascia on this month’s situation 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 tissues are encased in them. I first realized about fascia from Yoga academics who claimed one of many roles of stretching in retaining our our bodies supple as we age is retaining our fascia from stiffening up. There’s a good dialogue of stretching in one other New Scientist article right here.
There was some backlash in opposition to stretching not too long ago. Beforehand it was considered helpful for warming up for train, however stretching chilly muscle tissues is controversial. Additionally, there may be some proof that athletic efficiency truly decreases after stretching. However to me, efficiency has by no means been a very powerful motive for stretching. It’s to stay limber as I age, and it has labored nicely for that. I at all times stretch at night time when my muscle tissues are heat. And now we all know no less than a part of the reason being retaining fascia from tightening up with age. A examine talked about within the article additionally confirmed that stretching reduces irritation. That is essential as a result of some circumstances corresponding to fibromyalgia and a few sorts of again ache at the moment are considered associated to infected fascia.
I additionally realized from the article a couple of newer discovering that fascia might play an essential communication position 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.