Fascia & The Aging Knee

Fascia & The Aging Knee

Everybody knows what a muscle and a bone is. Traditionally this is called the musculoskeletal system.

But right now, there is a new ground breaking way of looking at the anatomy of the body, how we move, why we get injured, how to fix injuries and how we age.

It all comes down to something called FASCIA, or the neuromyofascial system.

This all sounds very technical and hopefully you haven’t mentally switched off, because the implications of learning about this system for your own health and wellbeing are huge!!

You probably already know what fascia is. Your Achilles tendon, the ITB, the plantar fascia in the foot, ligaments and tendons, bones and cartilage etc.

But did you know that fascia is like a spider’s web that is in every single part of your body, wrapped around your organs and every single cell in your body.

It loves being hydrated, stretched and tensed then allowed to recoil and relax, being fed with nutrients and moved in spiral and rotational lines.

As we age, the fascial system starts to degenerate, losing its elasticity, collagen and hydration.

All you need to do is look at how a child moves and then look at how a 50+ person moves to see how fascia degenerates.

Yes, there are other elements that come in to how healthy your knees are as you age, but the actual degeneration comes through this fascial system.

The ligaments, tendons and cartilage of the knee joint start to “dry out” and become less elastic, and may start to fray or tear, leading to what gets called “degeneration”.

Or you might injure a structure of the knee and it never really repairs itself.

We can’t stop the ageing process, but we can keep our fascia healthy, hydrated and elastic.

This happens by shifting your mindset from not only getting your muscles strong, but getting your fascia fit at the same time and understanding that the body works as a system, not just in isolation.

If you have knee degeneration, you need to not only work on “strengthening the joint” but strengthening your entire body and then supporting it with hydration, nutrition.

The role of fascia in movement and exercise is beginning to become mainstream. Here at Pilates Plus, we believe that the fitness and integrity of your fascial system, will determine how efficient and effective your movement capability is as you age and DIRECTLY impact the health and longevity of your joints.

Having strong and healthy knees involves not only having strong muscles to support the joint, flexibility and mobility and a great range of movement, but also strong and healthy fascia which is the FOUNDATION for strong and healthy knee joints for the rest of your life

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