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What is fascia and why office workers should know about it.

Fascia is a connective tissue that surrounds and supports various structures within the body, including muscles, bones, organs, and nerves. It forms a three-dimensional network throughout the body, providing structural integrity, support, and protection.

Elasticity, on the other hand, refers to the ability of a material or tissue to stretch or deform under force and return to its original shape when the force is removed. Elasticity is an essential characteristic of many tissues in the body, including fascia.

Fascia has both elastic and collagenous fibres. The elastic fibres provide the fascia with its elastic properties. These fibres can stretch and elongate in response to forces applied to the body, such as during movement or physical activity. Once the force is released, the elastic fibres recoil, allowing the fascia to return to its original shape.

The elasticity of fascia is crucial for maintaining proper movement and function. It allows the fascia to adapt to changes in body position and accommodate the various forces exerted on the body. For example, during activities like walking or running, the fascia stretches and recoils to store and release energy, contributing to efficient movement and reducing energy expenditure.

However, factors such as inactivity, poor posture, and repetitive movements can affect the elasticity of fascia. Lack of movement and prolonged static postures can lead to fascial stiffness and reduced elasticity. Over time, this can result in restricted movement, decreased flexibility, increased risk of injury and can increase mental stress levels.

Sounds familiar? As an office worker, you should strive to incorporate regular movement and stretching into your daily routine. Taking short breaks to stand up, stretch, and move around can help prevent fascial adhesions and stiffness. Activities like yoga or Pilates can also contribute to maintaining flexibility and reducing stress levels.

Why don't you try some elasticity movements using the video below? Alternatively, join a group class or a one-to-one session at The Exhale Collective and become a more flexible version of yourself!

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