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Soft tissue.

 

It’s all over our bodies.

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When I saw soft tissue I’m referring to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fasica of our bodies. Experts are learning more and more about fascia every day, but the little we do know can be of a great benefit when thinking about efficient movement and functioning of the body.

 

Fascia will help to protect the body as a barrier as well as act as a shock absorber. It is integral in the biomechanics and structural integrity of a human. More and more often the responsibilities of fascia are revealed. The understanding of fascia can help to enhance the various areas of our lives.

 

Fascia has three layers- superficial, deep, and visceral. The superficial fascia is viscoelastic (think about honey or Gak from the 1990s), and stores water and fat as well as nerves and bloods vessels. The deep layer covers the muscles and tendons and also contain pain receptors. The visceral, deep third year, protects the organs.

 

Soft tissue therapy can have huge advantages for a pregnant woman and a woman healing their body during the postpartum phase. Experts such as those in rolfing, myofascial release technique, and other various massage therapists are trained in deep fascial therapy. Therapists can help to ‘comb the muscles and fascia’ so that it lies down appropriately and can function optimally.

When the muscles and fascia are free of adhesions and can move effortlessly, then the joints have less stress on them and movement is almost natural. This is the ideal situation for a woman in labor.

If you do not have someone on your health team that does soft tissue therapy, then get someone. Regular visits should be no less than once every eight weeks. Find a schedule and a therapist that works for you and your body. Make it regular before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and after pregnancy. Your body will thank you.

-Lindsey Mathews

@GigEmLindsey

 

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WORKOUT

AMRAP 15 minutes:

45 Pull ups

90 Double Unders

135 Air Squats

180 Double Unders

NOTES & MODIFICATIONS

  • ONE ROUND AND SOME CHANGE IS A GREAT GOAL FOR THIS WORKOUT.
  • KEEP YOURSELF AT SMALL, MANAGEABLE SETS.
  • REST AS NEEDED
  • USE BANDS FOR PULL-UPS AS NEEDED