There may be an attention-grabbing article about fascia on this month’s difficulty of New Scientist (sadly there’s a paywall, however you will get a free subscription for 3 months, which I extremely advocate 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 discovered about fascia from Yoga lecturers who claimed one of many roles of stretching in maintaining our our bodies supple as we age is maintaining 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 just lately. Beforehand it was considered helpful for warming up for train, however stretching chilly muscle groups is controversial. Additionally, there may be some proof that athletic efficiency truly decreases after stretching. However to me, efficiency has by no means been crucial 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 not less than a part of the reason being maintaining fascia from tightening up with age. A examine talked about within the article additionally confirmed that stretching reduces irritation. That is vital as a result of some circumstances resembling fibromyalgia and a few sorts of again ache are actually considered associated to infected fascia.
I additionally discovered from the article a couple of more moderen discovering that fascia could play an vital communication function within the body- they really have not 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 acquired sufficient consideration in medical analysis up until now, however that may hopefully change as phrase of its significance will get out.