If your answer doesn’t include the word “fascia” in it then you’re wrong!
I understand your confusion! We’ve always been told the causes of cellulite are genetics, fat and poor circulation. Right?
Now, do these factors have an IMPACT on cellulite? Yes, absolutely.
But, do they CAUSE cellulite? The answer is NO. Surprised? I was too! But hear me out, because this is very good news.
The real cause of cellulite, and therefore also the key to getting rid of it, is the condition of your FASCIA.
Never heard of this before?
Well, that’s because it’s a relatively new founding and there aren’t many specialists on the subject.
Also, traditional doctors and therapists, while they do accept that fascial tissue has a very important role in our anatomy, they are still having a bit of controversy surrounding the new research.
Some of the researchers believe fascia is restricted to the tissue surrounding all parts of our bodies and others believe it’s more than that. Some doctors and scientists believe that the empty pockets surrounding our tissues should also be considered as part of our fascia.
OK, so they still need to reach agreements, but in the meantime, we need to treat our cellulite.
The one thing they all agree on is that fascia is what holds everything in place. It covers your muscles, your bones, your organs, your brain, everything is covered by fascia and its number one purpose is to keep things holding their shape and in place comfortably so that we don’t feel pain when we move.
How can I tell if my fascia is unhealthy?
So, as we’re discovering here, cellulite is an indicator of unhealthy fascia, but an unhealthy fascia can cause many different disorders apart from cellulite such as:
- hunched posture
- poor mobility
- lack of flexibility and strength
- feelings of discomfort
- lack of body-symmetry, for example, one shoulder is higher than the other
If you have any of these, you probably could benefit from treating your fascia.
How does fascia disorder cause cellulite?
Right now we want to know more about how it causes cellulite, so let’s dig in!
There are three possible forms in which the condition of your fascia may be causing your cellulite:
- If the inter-structural fascia that runs vertically from the bone through the muscles towards the skin becomes tight and begins to pull the skin down creating small dimples while it forces the layer of fat under the skin to push out around the dimples
- Tight or tangled fascia, this is normally from genetics, meaning your fascia is genetically pre-disposed in this way, but the good news is: this is treatable! It’s just like having oily skin genetically, it may be how you were born but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it to balance it and get it to a nice smooth fascia. And I’m here to tell you just how you can do it.
- Fascial adhesions, these are little tears in the fascia from either overwork or overstretching. As it tries to repair itself, the fibres get tangled, crossed over and knotted which creates an unsmooth surface to the skin. This is how some of the fittest people can still get cellulite.
How do we treat our fascia to get rid of cellulite?
OK, so now that we understand how the cause of cellulite is unhealthy fascia, how do we treat it to make sure it becomes and stays healthy and smooth?
Visit a specialised Myotherapist to get an assessment of how your fascia is and what the best treatment to get it to normal is.
Expert therapist Tori Smedley from A1 Myotherapy Ringwood says that treating fascia properly takes a lot of work to get to the fascial tissue, it involves deeper massages and holding the pressure for longer than what traditional therapy massage does.
She also explains that they use a combination of different techniques to assess and treat fascia depending on what the problem is.
Your expert myotherapist can work with you to instruct you on how you can improve your fascia with small changes to your diet and workout routine because a healthy diet and a good workout are also very important to keep your fascia flexible.
You should also drink plenty of water. This is so important for your fascia because it needs to be fluid and hydrated.
Bottom line is
It doesn’t matter if you have genetically tight fascia or if it has gotten tight from a lack of workout or an overload of workout, the good news is there’s now a really effective way you can treat it and get it to a beautifully smooth, fluid and hydrated fascia and get rid of that cellulite once and for all!