The Importance of Fascia
More and more often, fascia is being referred to as "the new organ". In fact, Leonardo Da Vinci already spoke of this "organ" 500 years ago. However, fascia and its functions are still unknown to most people. By definition, fascia (or fasciae) consist of connective tissue that surrounds and supports all structures of the body. However, fascia not only functions as supportive tissue, but also plays a key role in our movement. Irritated, or stuck, fascia can cause pain in the lower back, neck and joints.
What types of fascia are found in our body?
Fascia is divided into different types depending on what type of organ it covers:
Subcutaneous fascia: It is the most superficial and is also known as the hypodermis. It is the fascia that connects the deepest part of the skin to the muscles. Nerves, blood and lymph vessels branch out in this fascia.
Deep fascia: This layer is also called muscle fascia and is the layer that surrounds the muscles, blood vessels, bones and nerves. The dorsal fascia and the lumbar fascia are particularly important in relation to back pain. The dorsal fascia provides stability, especially during bending movements, while the lumbar fascia supports the lower back.
Visceral fascia: It envelops organs and is the densest layer. It also has specific names depending on which organ it covers. For example, the pleura is the fascia that covers the lungs.
What are the functions of fascia?
The functions of fascia are diverse and include many areas such as:
Maintaining body temperature. This is mainly the function of the superficial fascia, which contain fat cells in its structure.
Separation between muscles. The separation from muscle to muscle and muscle group to muscle group. This helps to avoid rubbing between them.
Protection. The entire body is wrapped in fascia, which helps maintain shape and protects various organs. It is like a protective wall that acts as a cushion against shocks.
Suspension. It helps to keep each organ in place and allows the necessary mobility for each organ to function properly.
Wound healing. Fascia is made up of collagen, among other things. Thanks to the production of this protein, fascia helps to heal wounds.
Communication. The nerve endings present in fascia tissue allow communication about the condition of a particular area of the body.
In summary, the many functions of fascia can be bundled into the areas of communication, supply, movement and protection, which constantly change and influence each other.
The connection between fascia and back pain
Our body and its excretory organs are overloaded these days by environmental toxins and an increasingly acid-forming diet and lifestyle. This leads to the deposition of acids in the body and the formation of waste products. Waste can also be deposited in the connective tissue, causing fascia tissues to stick together. The cells can then no longer completely remove waste products and are no longer supplied with sufficient nutrients.
As a result, the function of the connective tissue becomes more and more limited, the joints become less mobile and the tendons and ligaments are no longer as resilient. Lack of exercise, stress, overstraining and lack of fluids are other possible causes of agglutinated or ‘sticky’ fasciae.
The fasciae then send certain signals to the muscles, which leads to the release of inflammatory substances. This causes symptoms such as pain and limited mobility in the affected area, as the function of the muscles is also restricted by the adhesion. The resulting posture is particularly hard on the lumbar fascia, which stretches over a large area of the back and, along with the muscles, is often partly responsible for back pain in the lower back.
If the fasciae are loosened again through movement, chronic back pain, e.g. caused by sitting too long and/or too little movement in everyday life, can be reduced.
How fascia can be trained
Fascia training can be achieved through different training variations, such as:
Using a Blackroll
Elastic, bouncy movements
The aim of fascia training is to stimulate the fascia. This can be achieved, for example, by rolling out the affected area with a Blackroll. This type of fascia massage is intended to loosen the stuck areas between fascia and muscle so that they can communicate better with each other again. Stretching - especially small, bobbing movements - promotes elasticity and suppleness of the fasciae. Jumping exercises, such as on a trampoline, activate the linking up of the fasciae. In addition, the bouncy movements have a positive effect on the muscles involved. Read in the next section how a bellicon® mini trampoline can help to effectively train the back and fascia.
How a bellicon® helps keep fascia healthy
Bouncing on a bellicon® trains the so-called catapult effect and thus strengthens tissue. During the catapult effect, the fasciae are stretched and energy is stored up that is then released during the next jump. The released energy, which is used for the next jump, is comparable to the release of a catapult, as an explosive transfer of force takes place.
During elastic bouncy movements, the tendons and fasciae lengthen and shorten significantly, and therefore perform the majority of the movement. If this phenomenon is trained, the connective tissue can be strengthened and as a result, energy and force can be saved while performing these movements.
The bellicon® is the perfect training device for staying fit and healthy in the long term, as it:
nourishes the intervertebral discs and strengthens the back
activates the lymphatic system and helps to effectively remove waste and toxins
supplies the body with new nutrients
stimulates the metabolism
If you have back problems, we recommend choosing soft bungee ropes that are adjusted to your body weight. Our patented bungee ring technology enables trampoline training that is easy on the back and joints.
Seal of approval: AGR (Action for healthier backs)
The AGR seal of approval provides reliable decision making support. It stands for strict test criteria, jointly developed by independent medical/therapeutical experts from various fields of study. The members of his body of experts come from two exceedingly competent professional medical associations, the Federal Association of German Back Schools (BdR) e.V. and the Association Forum Healthy Back e.V. – Better living. Only products that have passed a strict test procedure receive the AGR seal of approval.
The AGR seal of approval was awarded the grade "very good" by ÖKOTEST. A further proof of the quality of the cachet, with which only proven ergonomic quality is marked!
Based on the very effective but gentle training, as well as proven positive effects on back muscles, spinal column and discs, the initiative »action for healthier backs« has awarded the bellicon® rebounder models the AGR’s seal of approval.