The fascia is a lining between the muscle and skin. When healthy it is easily liquified (liquifies during exercise making you feel loose). When this is true, it will be easy to separate the skin from the muscle (pull up a fold of skin on your leg for example).
To maintain healthy fascia, eat healthy, exercise regularly, and stretch after exercise (to help your fascia and muscles reorient themselves in a longer more stretched out position). Deep muscle massage once every month or two can also be very helpful in maintaining healthy fascia (Swedish and spa massage will not help).
Muscle Immobility and Muscle Spasm
Immobility: The body will use the “Splinting Reflex” to tighten muscles around a sore muscle, making the whole region very uncomfortable and achy. This is what generally occurs in lower back pain.
Muscle Spasm: When a muscle is overworked it becomes tight and has lots of electrical activity, causing spasms. This indicates that it is advantageous to not exercise muscles to the point of pain, but rather regularly exercise your muscles a reasonable amount.
Acupuncture and Movement Systems by Bradley Cox
Bradley has a background is acupuncture and sports medicine and created a trademarked system “Acupuncture and Movement Systems” to help injured atheletes recover. He has recieved rave reviews from all the gym friends of my friends Carmel!
Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT)
MAT specialists identify which muscles in your body are weak, causing other stronger muscles to become tight in an effort to compensate for the weak muscles. You can find a MAT specialist “near you” on the official MAT website.
Hanna Somatic Education
Sensory Motor Amnesia is when the sensory motor system in your brain begins to routinely keep muscles tight. As defined in the book Somatics by Thomas Hanna, PhD, “it refers to a condition in which muscles become habitually tight in response to surgeries, injuries (e.g., soft-tissue injuries), physical shocks (e.g., falls or blows), repetitive use (e.g., excessive computer use, athletic overtraining) or on-going stress.”
Hanna Somatic Education seeks to re-train the sensory motor system to keep these muscles relaxed. It provides a more long-term solution to muscle tightness than physical therapy / massage, etc, beacuse in principle those are only treating the syptom (a tight and sore muscle) of the brain tightening the muscle, rather the the cause.
This is a condition people can have, which can be genetic or lifestyle related, and results in difficulty in processing lactic acid and other acids in the body to maintain a stable pH.