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Myofascia & Locked Short Muscles

What is Myofascia and why it’s important you’ll know more about it

 

So, what is MyoFascia?

Fascia is the strong, thin connective tissue under the skin that covers, connects and separates the different muscles, bones and organs throughout the entire body. Myo is a prefix meaning “relating to muscles”.

So MyoFascia is the fibrous tissue that wraps and connects all the muscles and enables them to work together. The myofascial matrix or web is interconnected; therefore, the health or damage of one area can affect all the other areas.

Because the Fascia operates in nearly the entire body, maintaining a healthy Fascia is an integral part of one’s general health and body function.

In a normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and soft. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction.

What can cause damage to the Fascia?

In addition to incidents of trauma and surgery, chronic poor posture can also damage the fascia.

What happens to MyoFascia that is chronically concentrically loaded?

Unwanted bonding occurs when the fascia is held short for a long time.

Our bodies are adaptable and they can actually change in accordance with the positions that we impose on them. This can be used to improve body health and strength, for example- when we do exercise and strength training. However, it can go the other way too.

So, for example, if a person sits hunched over at a desk for many hours every day, the fascia of the neck, back and shoulders can actually change.

Normal or ideal myofascial tissue creates a rhombus or diamond-shaped texture. When a muscle is chronically shortened or chronically lengthened the texture changes.

Chronically shortened muscles create bonds or adhesions over time. We call this condition “locked-short”.

A “locked short” muscle becomes tight and restricted. For example, hamstrings become lock short during extended sitting.

This restriction can be reversed with proper treatment, movements and lifestyle.

Depending on the gradation of the posture problem, it can be important to see a professional and follow a plan to improve posture. However, for the average person, one of the best things you can do for your posture is to become generally more active and increase exercise and movement throughout the day.

Strength Training is an effective and practical way to maintain full-body health and good posture. It is essential to make sure that exercises and movements are performed correctly to maximize the benefits of your workout and reduce the risk of injury.

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