This article sheds a little light on what we have always known about the effects of exercise on the soft tissues and circulation. As the chief therapist of The Stretch Clinic, it would be easy to get excited about the implications of the studies but actually, any exercise and movement will do.

What we know for certain is that there are a few factors that cause disease in the body and any combination of these factors has a compounded impact on our health:

What is tight fascia?

Densification of the fascia, fibrosis or scar tissue:

All of these terms relate to thickening or tightening of the superficial and or deep fascial layers. When this occurs, oxygenated blood flow and lymphatic drainage are impaired and nerve fibres become enmeshed within the fascial bundles or knots, greatly increasing the sensation of pain.


Movement! Nothing works better than full body movement, the intensity of which can be dialled up or down to meet our fitness levels or age. Fascia becomes dense from overtraining, poor posture and injuries which is why stretch therapy has proven such a useful tool in flossing the soft tissues. Any regular movement will lubricate the tissues and enable the various structures and layers to glide past each other more efficiently, the added benefit of assisted stretching is the ability to get into end range movements to really dust out those fascial adhesions and cobwebs.