Quick, what’s the body part that causes the most pain? You might guess the back, the neck, the ankles, or the feet. If so, you would be wrong. The fascia is actually the cause of the most pain in the body. Unfortunately, unless you are a physical therapist or otherwise work with the muscles and tissues in the human body, you may have never even heard of fascia.
There are several things you should know about fascia, though.
- Fascia is found throughout the body. It is in and connected with bones, muscles, and organs.
- Fascia is a connective tissue, which includes six times as many sensory neurons as any other tissue in your body.
- Actions such as standing, stretching, and otherwise moving require you to use your fascia.
- Because fascia is so common in your body, when the neural signals are off, your body interprets this as pain.
- Because of the above, it is important to take care of your fascia, thereby preventing it from causing pain.
There are several things you can do to prevent or relieve fascia pain.
- When you wake up, slowly stretch out your arms and legs, twist from side to side, and sit on the edge of your bed, stretching out your feet.
- If the problem is in the feet, rolling the foot over a foam roller or a tennis ball will massage the fascia in the feet.
- To prevent pain, be sure to stretch out before exercising. A brisk walk or slowly jogging in place may help to loosen your fascia, helping to prevent pain.
- Establish healthy habits. Drink enough water. Instead of sitting down all the time, get up and walk around throughout the day.
- If you are experiencing lingering pain, visit a quality health care professional, such as a physical therapist.
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