Drinking water isn't enough
If you've been reading my posts and following me on Twitter and Facebook, you probably know I can't get enough information about the fascia and its impact on overall health.
What's the big deal?
Hydrated fascial tissue is crucial for our well being. In its ideal state, connective tissue is buoyant, supportive, and adaptable. These three characteristics are crucial for optimal body function.
As we age, though, the fascial tissue dries out. It becomes brittle and can fray. Muscles, joints, organs, and nerves are all negatively affected. How do you know this is happening? You begin to feel discomfort. You feel the aches and pains of aging: stiff back, stiff neck, bulging finger joints, the list goes on.
Here's the good news: rehydrating this tissue can have a positive, whole body effect.
I've been sharing this information with lots of people, and here's a response I hear a lot: "Well, I drink a lot of water, so my fascial tissue should be well hydrated."
Unfortunately, it's not that easy. Drinking water is good for your body, but when it comes to fascial tissue, it's not enough. In fact, if you are drinking water and it seems to go right through you, this is a sign that it is not getting to the tissues it needs to penetrate.
That's because the connective tissue needs to be stimulated in such a way that fluids can enter it. Gentle compression and slow movements are required.
You can go to expensive body workers for help, or you can use a special, squishy foam roller and a variety of balls to rehydrate the tissue on your own. If you experience chronic pain, I urge you to look into the Melt Method, which may help you learn how to diminish or eliminate your discomfort on your own.
Taking your health into your own hands: what a precious gift.