Continual body movements are essential to carry our daily chores and each moment extracts energy from our body to perform the movements. But what makes your body move? This question can’t be answered with the most precise answers. Until the recent revelation, it was believed that the moments are the results of muscle movement which is caused due to the nerve signals sent by the brain to the body. But, is it the actual theory? The answer is no!
Recent studies have revealed that there is a connective tissue that surrounds all the muscles, nerves, joints, organs, and blood vessels called Fascia that makes our body move. Let us study this interesting connective tissue a bit deeper to know its functioning and other aspects involved
What is Fascia?
Fascia is the thin casting of connective tissue that surrounds every organ, blood vessel, nerve fiber, and muscle and holds each of them in place. This tissue has more to offer than to just provide the internal structure. The nerves have Fascia makes it very sensitive to skin and it tightens up when prone to stress.
Many often misunderstand Fascia as a single-layered tissue but it is actually multiple layers separated by a liquid between them called hyaluronan. This is designed to stretch as you allow your body to move. Fascia has a great role in movement awareness, biomechanics, injuries, and pain as well. When it comes to human movements, Fascia is an incredible Anatomical system, which plays a vital role.
How does your body move?
The fascia on a broad level can be divided into two layers basically, a superficial layer and a deep layer. The superficial layer of Fascia resides just below the skin connected to it with the help of skin ligaments. These ligaments make fascia move as your skin moves. The second layer i.e. the deep layer is the complex intricate network that separates and envelopes muscles, forms sheaths for blood vessels and nerves. It also strengthens ligaments around the joints and makes their movement safe and feasible. The deep part of the fascia is made up of collagen which is a stiff connective tissue along with some elastin fibers which are stretchable connective tissue.
Every layer of Fascia has been supplied with wealthy free nerve endings, which are the mechanoreceptors that not only detect but also deliver the response to the mechanical forces. The stretching of the Fascia stretches the nerve endings too, which delivers a sensory response to the body that further contributes to our coordination and movement. The deep fascia plays a significant role in the movement of muscles while when it comes to skin movement the superficial fascia is responsible.
What can you do to keep your Fascia healthy and flexible?
To ensure healthy body movements and prevent your body, joints, and muscles from pain, all you need to do is keep your Fascia healthy. A healthy fascia is one where there is no stiffness in the tissue and the Fascia is smooth, slippery, and flexible. The reasons that can make your Fascia unhealthy are
- Lifestyle with limited physical activity, which doesn’t allow the tissue to perform healthy work and can result in stiffness.
- Repetitive overworking of the specific area of the body that creates stiffness due to overworking.
- Severe trauma like injuries or surgeries may also affect the health of the Fascia.
To keep up with the good and healthy Fascia, here are some things that you can do.
- More movements: Engage your body into more movements and less stiffness. If you follow a regular exercising routine that is excellent, but if not then engage yourself in movements like walking and a bit of stretching for at least 2-3 minutes from your continual work schedule. This will help in keeping your Fascia more flexible.
- Regular stretches: Stretching is one of the essential elements of body movements. It plays a vital role in keeping up with good health and is also beneficial in reducing inflammation. It also improves the structural problems of the body giving you a healthy physique.
- Healthy Posture: Slumming your body over the desk or while working on the phone can deform your correct posture. Additionally, it can show its effects on your sitting and walking positions making you look awkward as well as make your Fascia tighten. Make sure you sit and walk in the correct posture and aid in keeping your fascia healthy.
To sum up, the follow-up article allows you to learn what makes your body move. The fascia is the tissue responsible for the movements of the body. The fascia is lined up with all the muscles, bones, organs, nerves, and blood vessels and is responsible for holding them in the right place. If you are looking for ways to keep your fascia healthy try these above-mentioned tips with the consultation of a doctor to avoid any inconvenience.
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