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A 'fascia-nating' thought on how with body works

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A 'fascia-nating' thought on how with body works
Let me tell you about a man, Bob Cooley, who was hit by a vehicle going 70 m/h and what he learned during his healing.
 
This is one of those conversations where, before I tell you what I want to tell you, I need to tell you what you need to know in order to understand what I want to tell you.
 
Today we dive into fascia, mechanoreceptors, and proprioception so next week we can move onto what Bob Cooley learned that might be helpful to you.
The info below is interesting in its own right and becomes more interesting with next week’s info.

Quotes
Flexibility: it's all about the fascia, and not the muscles and joints.
~The Genius of Flexibility website


Interesting Ideas
If you eat meat, then you’ve seen fascia. Fascia is the thin white film that you sometimes see when working with a piece of raw meat. It can be found throughout us. It doesn’t look like much, and for many years, wasn’t thought to be much. But that thought is changing.
 
The way it was originally explained to me is that it’s the communication network or spiderweb allowing continuous communication from head to toe.
 
This thin film of communication encapsulates our muscles and gathers info from the mechanoreceptors, among other things, located in our fascia and muscles. Mechanoreceptors gather proprioceptive info which then quickly gets transmitted by the fascia. It’s how you know your arm is above your head, even if your eyes are closed.
 
Obviously, without a healthy fascia, the proprioceptive information can’t be expediently shared.
 
On a physical level, if the fascia isn’t kept healthy (through diet, hydration, and movement) then instead of being a thin sliding film, it becomes thick, dense and less flexible, unable to receive or transmit information nearly as well.

This video explains it better than I can. To honour your time, I seldom ask you to watch a video but it’s worth your time to watch this one. It impacted my understanding of fascia and my take on movement.
 
So far, you’ve learned about fascia and mechanoreptors, and their relationship to proprioception. Now, comes the third bit: The location of the mechanoreptors, meridians, and Bob Cooley’s experience.
 
After the accident, Bob’s full-time focus was regaining use of his body. As his awareness of his body grew, he found a relationship between certain movements, body parts, internal organs and his mood. All info was noted and relationships were tracked.

Eventually, he became aware of the locations of the mechanoreceptors, how movement in one part of the body affected another part of his body, brain, and internal organs, and how all this info mirrored the meridians found in acupuncture.
 
If you want to 'wake up' your system, perhaps a pressure vest would help. Ours can provide body and shoulder pressure, or only use the body piece, if you like.

That’s it for this week. Next week, I share with you how you can use this info to improve your movement, body awareness, fascia, and maybe even your moods.

Have a fascia-friendly week! Please stay hydrated, eat a variety of whole foods and move your body whenever you have the chance.


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P.S. The winner of the St. Urho’s Day weighted lap pad contest is Tracy Veit. It was lovely chatting with her earlier this week. So lovely, I forgot to ask what weight she wanted! Apparently, I needed to do more movement before the call so my brain would work better. 😉
 
In thinking about how some of Bob Cooley’s discoveries aligned with acupuncture, I started to wonder if anyone has tried acupuncture for any of the issues associated with sensory processing disorder or autism. Have you tried acupuncture? Did it work for you? I gave it a long-term try when someone I knew was going through acupuncture training but didn’t notice any effects. Unfortunately.


Websites
https://courses.lumenlearning.com/boundless-biology/chapter/somatosensation/Types of skin mechanoreceptors. Not really related to this article but interesting anyway.
https://stretchcoach.com/articles/stretching-fascia/ Explanation of fascia
https://stretchcoach.com/articles/stretching-fascia/ Explanation of fascia
http://axissyllabus.org/assets/pdf/Schleip_Fascia_as_a_sensory_organ.pdf
https://www.doctorschierling.com/blog/fascia-as-a-proprioceptive-organ-and-its-relationship-to-chronic-pain Need to move fascia to activate mechanoreceptor cell, those cells which give proprioceptive information
https://courses.lumenlearning.com/boundless-biology/chapter/somatosensation/Types of skin mechanoreceptors. Not really related to this article but interesting anyway.

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