Good things happen to your health when you stretch.

Mar 14, 2018


Restore regular joint motion

When our fascia or muscles are tight they restrict the movement of joints creating torsion in the tissue causing irregular movement.  Irregular movements increases wear and tear on the joint leading to degeneration of cartilage, unwanted tension on ligaments and an increase in joint injury.

Restore the flow of blood, lymph and neural (nerve) impulses through the body

If there is a kink in the garden hose, the water will not be able to get to garden and provide it with the needed nutrients its needs to function and thrive.  Water will build increasing pressure and tension until the hose goes POP!  Now, apply this concept to your own body, if a path is blocked, blood and lymph will build in the area, otherwise known as swelling.  Stagnation of fluid will occur creating a toxic environment for the tissues (muscles, ligaments, nerves) in the area which can lead to immobility of joints, decrease flexibility, tenderness and a change in body function which can alter the state of health or disease of the patient.

Restore balance

Muscles and fascia of the body are structurally related so you can’t speak of or treat one without including the other.  The Fascia has a memory for body movement; if we do the same movement repeatedly our body will develop a pattern in the fascia and muscle which will change our posture and the way we move.   A good example of this would be sitting at a desk all day, our body creates a pattern in which we decrease flexibility in the front of our hips, this pulls on our pelvis which changes the way we stand, the way we walk and the way our body functions as a whole.

Barb Lukac, M.OMSC