I’m not a believer in big New Year’s resolutions. During the winter, our bodies are still in hibernation mode. This is not the time for sweeping change.
But if you must make a resolution, start with a small change that will make a big impact. Resolve to care for your fascia.
Your fascia is a layer of connective tissue that wraps around all of your muscles, tendons and bones. It is what keeps your internal parts together. When it is healthy, it makes your body move smoothly. But when it is damaged, your joints feel creaky and your body aches. And because your fascia connects your entire body, damaging one area can cause pain in several others.
How do you ensure your fascia stays healthy?
- Stay hydrated. A hydrated fascia is smooth and supple. When it gets dehydrated, it firms up and becomes prone to injury. So make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.
- Stretch. Have you ever noticed how instinctual it is to stretch your arms and legs when you first wake up? That’s because your body wants you to wake up those muscles. Think about how your back and legs feel when you first stand up after sitting at your desk for a few hours. You feel a little like the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz, right? Imagine how cramped and tight your fascia is after being in bed all night.
- See a massage therapist. Massage therapists are experts at smoothing out your fascia. We use a variety of techniques to untangle the wrinkles in your fascia (what you might know better as knots or kinks). A good massage therapist can restore your fascia to a supple, healthy state. Being massage therapy sessions, it’s up to you to engage in self-care to keep your fascia in good working order.
It may seem like a small step, but taking care of your fascia ensures your very foundation is working smoothly. Like they say, small changes can reap big rewards. If you’re ready to heal the damage daily life does to your fascia, call me. I can help you get your fascia back to its naturally healthy state.