I’m smack dab in the middle of an 8 week course for #fascialfitness
I’m taking the class to learn more ways we can help our fascia, because #lipedema is a loose connective tissue disorder, and connective tissue is #fascia
Made sense, right?!
I’ve been hoping to understand my body better & look for other ways (outside of lipedema) where we can possibly understand more about what is going on with lipedema, what causes it, and also hopefully new ways of helping to treat it.
This week was all about FOAM ROLLING - and my first thought before I began the coursework, was ouch.
I know how much foam rolling hurts my body, and over the years I've come up with some modifications to help (softer tools, different positions, etc.) - for this class I was hoping to get some better insight into why we roll, new modification ideas, contraindications, etc.
The first thing mentioned is that aging is the drying out of our fascia.
We can't stop it, but we can do things to slow it down, and make it more hydrated.
Two of those things are moving, and massage. Fascial fitness and #myofascialrelease
Both things help to unstick our drying out fascia; we need to squeeze the fascia to get the old fluid out, which lets new healthy fluid in.
Makes sense - if you had a sponge full of dirty dish water and then didn't move it for a while, it would be dry and stiff.
The first thing you would do is add water and wring it out so clean water could fill it up and be used again as intended.
Our fascia is the same, it is between 50-80% water (based on our age).
Moving and massage are what keep it hydrated, keep it supple, which help us experience less pain and stiffness, and that is the goal of all the work we are doing.
Two additional things we need are to get plenty of water and rest. It’s a lot that our bodies are doing, and those are two easy but important things you can do.
#lipedemafitness #lipedema #lipoedema #lipolymphedema #healthyfascia #healing #knowledgeispower