Why the fascia is so important

Recently there was a very interesting documentary about fascia on “Arte”. Interesting also because this “miracle network” that runs through our body has been completely ignored by science for a long time. In any case, I don't remember hearing about it in my anatomy seminar.

Today you can no longer avoid the fascia, because you know that it can not only cause pain, but basically have a high proportion of our mobility and thus of our well-being. Wound healing, neurology, body awareness, power transmission or bounce – there is hardly any area in which the fascia are not important.

Fascia envelop the muscles

If you removed the fascia from our body, the scales would show a good 20 kg less. Fascia envelop our muscles, individual muscle fibers, organs and tendons and they are the link to our bones. It is assumed that the individual fascia elements mesh like chain links and that the entire body is traversed by connected traction lines. If this thesis is correct, it will turn our understanding of pain upside down.

Then it is possible that the pain point, let's take the Achilles tendon, which is a common problem for runners, is not the problem at all, but perhaps the trigger in a completely different place sits within the fascia train. This could be a lumbar vertebrae, a glue in the back leg muscles or a problem in the cervical spine. The other way around would not have to be treated directly on the tendon.

Sports scientists have found that, for example, flexibility in the ankle affects the flexibility of the cervical spine. That means: If I stretch in the area of ​​the lower extremities, this also affects my head mobility through the connection of the fascia.

New impulses for training

For us runners Runners bring the knowledge about fascia tissue some new impulses for training. At the same time, the training prevents injuries. Fascia react to pressure, tension and springy movements. You can create pressure with a fascia roller. It should be used to treat the sole of the foot, the calf and the outside of the legs from the hip to the thigh.

Train can be reached by stretching. Here the hip flexor is of particular importance, since it is shortened in most people. And the good old skipping rope is good for the springy movements. If you do the exercises two to three times a week, you will feel that your running style changes over time. That it becomes lighter, more elastic and that it increases the joy of running a little.

If the broom cart is missing , Why habits are a question of type when running , “How running is like a universe” and “Why I don't care what shoes I walk in” – the past columns by Jeanette Hagen, freelance writer in Berlin, sports teacher and runner.