Why is this still an issue in the fitness industry? Stretching what? muscle, connective tissue? I still wonder how many FT’s know why a muscle has tension and what happens to a muscle and its connective tissue when you “stretch” it? Did your certification include a study on Neurology? Love to hear your opinion?
“There are more things between muscle and fascia, Louie”.
Yes, it is still an issue because research is only now looking more closely at the complex functioning of fascia, and it is beginning to trickle into the consciousness of a wider field. I am using the term ‘fascia’ instead of ‘connective tisssue’ because connective tissue may also include blood or bones as per Gil Hedley’s definition.
Clearly, the issue is to improve flexibility, and this is a legitimate concern. After all, good flexibility reduces risk of injury, and I won’t even begin to talk about the entire lower back issue.
However, there is a certification which has fascia as its exclusive subject, and that is to be a MELT Instructor. MELT stands for Myofascial Energetic Length Technique, and this technique stipulates the connection between the nervous system and the fascia. Sue Hitzman who has created this method, uses the term neurofascial system to indicate the close relationship between the two. While this is not a study of neurology, it looks at the mutual impact between the two systems.
For that reason, MELT has become my prefered method of improving flexibility through the hydration of the fascia. The resulting lengthening allows the body to return to a more ideal alignment. I have seen very good results as a consequence of using this technique.