Even if you’re working with trainers, exercising faithfully and doing all the “right” things, eating 10 cups of kale a day, and are fully committed to your fitness and weight loss efforts, you’re probably missing a key component: it’s FASCIA!
In short, fascia is your body’s connective tissue and communication system. It envelops and interacts with every muscle, nerve, blood vessel, system, and structure of the body.
If this is your first time hearing about fascia, I’d love for you to first read this article explaining fascia in detail so you can have a full understanding of this complex system and how it impacts our daily lives! I also wrote an #1 National bestselling book on the subject that details the fascial system, why fascia becomes unhealthy, how it affects us, ways to identify unhealthy fascia, and step-by-step instructions on how to restore and maintain healthy fascia!
When your fascia gets tight and unhealthy from overuse, imbalances, and injuries, it can restrict blood flow and nerve signal, which are both vital for muscle output and access. You can’t properly contract and condition your muscles if the nerve signal from the brain is impeded. You also have trouble building muscle if there’s poor blood supply to the area.
How Fascia Affects Blood Flow:
- Healthy blood flow can be restricted when the fascia - which encases the blood vessels - is tight and unhealthy, causing compression. Without adequate, oxygenated blood flow to muscles and tissues, you may have less efficient muscle performance than if your blood was flowing freely.
- Nutrient transport is reduced. Blood carries the nutrients to the cells, and tight fascia can restrict the transport of the nutrients like protein, collagen, and elastin that helps make the skin look more youthful and supple.
- Inefficient development of muscles. If the blood can’t carry nutrients and oxygen to the muscles, glycogen can’t break down efficiently in order to build more muscle mass.
- Inefficient breakdown of fat. Fat cells require oxygen in order to break down, and your blood supply is what carries oxygen to the fat cells. If the blood flow is restricted, you’ll have less oxygen to the fat cells and an inefficient breakdown of fat, meaning less calories burned.
Less muscle = less calories burned at a resting rate.
How Fascia Affects Nerve Activity
Tight fascia can impede nerve activity the same way it can impede proper blood flow. It pains me to see people working out in the gym like crazy and look the same month after month because they have hardly any muscle access aren’t even “activating” or conditioning their muscles. If your fascia is healthy and open and you’re training smart, your body should change!
The nervous system is the superhighway of communication between the brain and the body. If one nerve route in the body is compressed by tight fascia, the nerve signal can reroute to another part of the body in order to get the job done, meaning other muscles will compensate. It doesn’t matter how many trainers you hire or how much money you throw at the problem, the fascia must be addressed.
Here’s what can happen when tight fascia is restricting your nerve signal:
- Muscle access can be constrained. If your fascia is compressing your nervous system, your muscles simply aren’t going to fire properly.
- Calorie burning can be restricted, much like how restricted blood flow affects how you break down fat and burn calories. If you aren’t effectively activating and conditioning your muscles - especially the larger muscle groups - you aren’t effectively burning calories.
- Injuries can become more common. When the body is constantly trying to reroute nerve signal and the wrong muscles are compensating for what the body is requiring, the body is out of a state of homeostasis, or optimal function, and injury can occur.
How Fascia Affects Pain and Orthopedics
Speaking of injuries, every day I get messages from people who are trying to get in shape but they just keep hurting themselves. That’s because fascia is like a ginormous web that runs all throughout the entire body and it can twist and pull anyway it wants. If the fascia becomes tight, it can compress and restrict blood, nerves, bones, and joints, which can cause “myofascial” pain.
If a person who is inactive has unhealthy fascia, they aren’t going to notice it much. However, as soon as they start moving around and becoming active, they place demand on the entire fascial system. When there are kinks and dysfunction throughout the system, there is bound to be trouble in the form of tension, restriction, and imbalances which can lead to pain and injuries.
The FasciaBlaster® is a self-use tool designed to smooth and restore the fascia. By treating the fascia in the comfort and convenience of your own home can help you regain muscle acess, improve nerve activity, blood flow, flexibility, injury prevention, and muscle performance, and reduce pain. Discover what the FasciaBlaster® can do to take YOUR weight loss and fitness efforts to the next level!
You should also try my I.C.E.® Exercises that help reinforce healthy biomechanics to build muscle, burn fat, and help keep fascia healthy.
People with dysfunctional fascia can have a harder time losing weight and getting the results they want from their fitness efforts. Restoring your fascia with the FasciaBlaster® can improve your muscle performance, allowing for improved weight loss and fitness.