FASCIA AND AGING

Aging is a major influence on fascia, never more obvious (unfortunately!) than in the sagging and wrinkling of skin. The density, thickness and integrity of fascia tends to deteriorate, with a general loss in organisation and structure. The arrangement of collagen fibrils becomes denser and more regular with age, with an associated gradual decrease in the…

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FASCIA AND THE INFLUENCE OF HORMONES

Caterina Fede and her associates hypothesized that hormones – namely estrogen and relaxin, for example – are possibly implicated in the sensitization of fascial nociceptors. These hormones are critical to remodeling of the extracellular matrix by constraining fibrosis and inflammation, both of which exert a major influence on the stiffness of fascia and on sensitization…

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FASCIA AND FEET

I was walking along the beach today and started thinking about how much we take “functional feet” for granted. Let’s face it, the only time you think about your feet is when they’re misbehaving (read “painful”)…. And the plantar fascia (aponeurosis) is so often the cause of that pain. Take a look at the picture…

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FASCIA AND INFLAMMATION

Acute inflammation is a biological response of the immune system and the very keystone of healing. Helene Langevin (FRS Webinar May 2020) identifies fascia and its extracellular matrix as the “arena” of the inflammatory reaction and so the home for our immune response. The health of our fascia and the efficacy of our lymphatic system…

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FASCIA AND DIABETES

Both circulating and cellular biomarkers underscore that diabetes is a chronic inflammatory disease. Diabetes not only increases the risk of macrovascular complications like strokes and heart attacks but also microvascular complications like diabetic retinopathy (eyes), neuropathy (nerves), and nephropathy (kidneys). According to the American Diabetes Association, 30.3 million people or 9.4% of the American population,…

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FASCIA & TARGETED NUTRITION PART II

Today, we continue the discussion about TARGETED NUTRUTION! Last week, we discussed the importance of Vitamin C and Glycine in the diet for maintaining/rehabilitating tendon. In one particular experiment, Keith Baar and colleagues found that consuming 15G of gelatin doubled the amount of collagen synthesis compared to a control group, and another cohort that only…

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