Part III of my commentary on the benefits of Myo-fascial Stretching introduces the subject of “FASCIAL REMODELING”-
Parts I and II of my commentary several days discussed the benefits of stretching as several common beliefs make the statement that stretching is not necessary, can lead to a loss of speed, power, and contribute or create injury.
To be clear, I disagree with those common beliefs, regardless of what the literature states, as my personal practice and training with Guy VOYER DO has proven otherwise.
As part of today’s commentary I will share one of several case histories where MFS was needed to normalize knee joint function and eliminate pain in the gravity squat of a college basketball player with a valgus knee, a previous meniscus surgery and repeated swelling during play and the inability to extend the knee in the total range.
But first, I want to share some of my own research-literature specific to the FASCIA and introduce the concept of “Fascial Remodeling”, or what I like to refer to as “normalization” or “normalizing the body.”
After many years of clinical practice at the Legacy Sport & Wellness Institute in Dallas I have found that using techniques like MFS and ELDOA with both lay people of varying age groups, as well as athletes, both professional and recreational, that the body can be “remodeled” using the fascial chains and precise training techniques.
“A focused training of this fascial network could be of great importance for athletes, dancers and other movement advocates. If one’s fascial body is well trained, that is to say optimally elastic and resilient, then it may be relied on to perform effectively and at the same time offer a high degree of injury prevention (Kjaer et al., 20o9), Until recently, most of the emphasis in sports has been focused on the classic triad of muscular strength, cardiovascular conditioning, and neuromuscular coordination (Jenkins 2005)”, writes Robert Schlep, PhD, MA , and Divo Gitta Muller, HP in their article, “Training Principles for fascial connective tissues: Scientific foundation and suggested practical applications.”
If the term “fascia” is new to you…
“Fascia has been described as a body wide tensional network ,which consists of all fibrous collagenous soft connective tissues, whose fibrous architecture is dominantly shaped by tensional strain rather than compression. This continuous network envelops and connects all muscles and organs. Elements of this fibrous network include muscle envelopes, joint capsules, septi, intramuscular connective tissues, retinaculae, aponeurosis, as well as more dense local specifications such as ligaments and tendons. While at some areas a local distinction of different tissue elements (such as aponeuroses, ligaments, etc.) is possible, many areas such as those in the proximity to major joints consists of areas such as those in proximity to major joints consists of gradual transitions between the different tissue architectures in which a clear distinction often appears as arbitrary and misleading (Schelip et al., 2012b).”
“It is important to understand, that the local architecture of this network adapts to the specific history of previous strain loading demands (Blechschmidt, 1978, Chaitow, 1988).”
As part of the basic foundations in fascial remodeling, a recognized characteristic of connective tissue is its impressive adaptability: when regularly put under increasing yet physiological strain, the inherent fibroblasts adjust their matrix remodeling activity such that the tissue architecture better meets demand (El-Labben et al., 1993).
The varied capacities of fibrous connective tissue make it possible for these materials to continuously adapt to the most challenging regular strains, particularly in relation to changes in length, strength and ability to shear (Ingber, 2008).Fascial tissues, with the help of the fibroblasts slowly but constantly react to everyday strain as well as to specific training, steadily remodeling the arrangement of their collagenous fiber network (Kjaer et al., 2009).
Later, one of several case histories where MFS was used to help remodel the tissue specific to the knee joint and in relationship to it as well as manage the pain as a result of joint biomechanics from a surgery and repeated competition.
Today’s research comes from the article, “Training principles for fascial connective tissues…”