Fascia-nating video, or why fascia is important to your health

July 24, 2013

I couldn’t help it, eventfasciaually someday I was going to have to use that play on words!

The video I am about to share with you is hands down, the best video I have come across to show folks fascia and how it affects our bodies and lives. It shows some of the recent scientific research being done on fascia and also presents it in a practical way. For anyone who has or has had back pain, there is some good stuff in this for you that might shed new light on your situation.

The video is just over 30 minutes long and I highly recommend watching the whole thing. I have to say my absolute favorite part of the video is about the Achilles tendon and jumping. Some animals, such as the big red kangaroo, can jump nearly 40 feet in one bound and up to 35 MPH while doing so! The secret to doing so is in the fascia and the Achilles tendon. While humans can’t jump that far, tai chi masters are famous for being able to move very quickly and with seemingly little effort. I believe this is directly connected to using fascia to its highest potential.

How the feet, Achilles tendons and effective walking has been part of my own movement studies for the past few years. I have learned that most people, including myself until a couple years ago, don’t fully use their Achilles tendon. The result is that way too much energy is expended in activities such as walking, running and hiking. This inefficient movement also creates unnecessary tension in the feet, knees, hips, back and neck. Be sure to read my post about hiking and backpacking with the new minimalist trail running shoes for a deeper look into this issue.

Below is the full-length video. I’ve also included a few links below the video that shortcut to 3-5 minute segments I thought you might enjoy.

 

Video shortcuts of interest:

New ultrasound imaging method now shows fascia in much greater detail compared to x-ray, MRI and CT Scan.

Images of the fascia of a normal arm compared to one that had been inĀ  a cast for 6 weeks.

Thickened fascia can cause back pain.

Animals doing amazing leaps.

Exercises that won’t leave your fascia in a bunch.

Relation of acupuncture points and important fascial points.

 

 

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