I often get asked the question, "How did I get this way?" This is usually during a therapy session where the goal at the moment is to break up an adhesion in a muscle.
There is a lot of science to what exactly is happening with fascia. Stecco, the Italian researcher, has shown that painful areas under imaging have a thickening to the fascia. This thickening is no good. Langevin, a researcher at the University of Vermont, has shown that fascial thickening is a key component to lumbar back pain.
Social media has provided amazing access to profound thinkers. On a Facebook post recently the eminent Leon Chaitow stated that some fascial problems come from what I'm calling the 4 Uses. Overuse, Misuse, Abuse and Disuse.
Overuse. You have the strength and endurance to run a 5k, but for some reason you run a 10k. The tissue doesn't have the capacity for the load you are imposing. Repetitive activity would also fall under this category.
Misuse. Lets say you insist on doing exercises or movements that you really should not be doing. Many machine based movements block natural movement. Some exercises are just bad. (upright rows). Shoveling snow with lazy form.
Abuse. Abuse is basically trauma. Taking a spill on the mountain bike. Falling. Accidents happen, fascia pays the price. Surgeries will fall under this category.
Disuse. This simply is not moving. There are lots of people that sit at work all day go home and sit in front of the TV. Hit the repeat button for 5 straight days and then wonder why certain muscle groups are so tight. Movement is our friend.
These are the 4 use's, which one are you guilty of?