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Findings about fascial tissue can inform intelligent exercise

There's been a lot of discussion on these blog pages about fascial tissue recently, and you may be wondering what this has to do with you and your exercise plan.

Here's the skinny:
  • Fascia is ubiquitous. Whenever you exercise, you are training not only muscle, but highly adaptable fascial tissue. Fascial tissue responds to exercise by creating a spiral, lattice type pattern throughout it. This pattern makes the tissue buoyant and elastic, allowing it to meet the physical demands you put upon your body. 
  • Fascial tissue is not as vascular as muscle. This means it takes longer for this tissue to recover from vigorous exercise than it does for your muscles to recover. According to Tom Myers, body worker, fascial tissue expert and author of Anatomy Trains, 24 hours after exercise the fascial tissue is weaker than it was before exercise. Rest is recommended. 48 hours after exercise the tissue builds collagen, making it stronger. After 72 hours the tissue has settled into its "new normal" state.
  • Most injuries include fascia, and most sports injuries occur when the fascial tissue is overloaded too quickly.
What should you take away? 
  • Exercise, but be just as mindful about resting your body as you are about stressing it. 
  • Make sure exercises are performed with thought and precision, rather than quick movements. (Rushing through your workout may save time, but it doesn't do your body any favors).
  • Ensure workouts are varied, loading differing muscle groups throughout the week.

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