What is Myofascia?
Every bone in our body has muscle and fascia that surrounds it, and every joint has a muscle and a tendon that supports it .
The fascia specific to our muscles is referred to as myofascia.
Myofascia is highly innervated by nerves and plays a significant role in joint stability and even kinesthetic awareness
It moves with the muscle and lacks extensibility, this ensures that muscles remain in proper alignment; this in turn limits undue stress on our joints
Myofascia like Fascia is largely composed of water, this allows each sublayer to glide over one another, within the Myofascia we find cells that secrete an acidic substance, this lubricates the interface between layers. Unhealthy fascia will lead to aches, pains, and even injury.
Why do we care?
⦁ How the Body Communicates
The body communicates as a series of parts that work together.
To put it simply, the foot tells the knee where to go, which tells the hip what to do , which transmits forces through the spine, and up to the shoulders, neck, and head.
Each area contains many muscles that work together to control and affect the surrounding areas.
For example, the foot has almost 100 muscles that either connect directly to it or directly influence it in some way.
Several of these muscles connect not only to the foot itself, but run all the way up the lower leg and also connect to the knee. If one of these muscles is off, it can affect the foot, the knee, and more. Similarly, if the hip is off, the spine can’t transfer force and the person may be subject to a potential shoulder injury or neck tension.
⦁ The “STRAIN”
A strain is an injury that occurs in the muscles or connective tissues that attach to muscles.
In most cases a strain results from overuse of a particular muscle.
Overuse injuries are some of the most common injuries seen today both in athletes and the general population.
Overuse injuries occur because that particular area of the body has been overworked, likely due to improper movement somewhere else in the body.
c) Movement and Biomechanics
When trying to maintain mobility or avoid injury it is important to be aware of how the body moves.
The body functions as an interconnected unit…
Many bones, joints, muscles and tissues work together just to do a basic squat, or reach to answer the phone, or type on a computer.
Each part affects the other parts, and it’s important to recognize that addressing the entire biomechanical chain, rather than just one problem area, is the key.
If one part of your body is not performing at its optimal level, other areas of the body will compensate. Eventually, these other areas can be compromised as well.
Over time, this leads to injury.
The body will cope with this abnormal level of tension by laying down what we call Myofascial Trigger Points in the area.
Muscles that have Myofascial Trigger Points have been found to decrease range of motion because of pain. In addition the muscle can fatigue more rapidly as well.
What to do about it?
By applying pressure or compression, we obstruct blood that is meant for particular tissue.
When we then remove that pressure or compression, nutrient rich blood will rush to our point of concern, and this will begin healing that focus area.
With the decrease of pain and increase in muscle quality we will have great flexibility, strength, blood floor and faster response times.
How to do we do this?
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