If you ever plan to gain muscles, you probably have never thought about the benefits of stretching. Stretching actually has an important role when it comes to muscle building.
Each muscle present in our body is enclosed with a tough connective tissue which is known as fascia. Fascia is an essential thing in holding our muscles in place in our body.
However, there’s a good chance that our fascia is holding back the growth of our muscles. Simply think that you are training your muscle and feeds it and in return our muscles wish to grow, but something is holding it back. They usually end up not having enough room to grow.
Due to the fact that fascia is tough, it simply will not allow muscles to expand. Just think of stuffing a big pillow to a small pillow case. The muscle in such a case will simply not change or grow, regardless of how you train hard or take care of the muscles because the connective tissue does not permit it to grow.
The lower leg have riddled fascia because it has big duties of bearing the weight of our body. Because of fascia, there are many trainers who end up having difficulties to develop their calves.
The fact is, it is through stretching where you could find a solution for this. If you remember about the pillow case example, imagine where you could expand more the pillow case through stretching this. It will then give the pillow inside a to more room for expansion and in filling in the new space. By stretching the muscles on particular conditions, you will be able to stretch your fascia and it gives the muscles a room to grow.
An effective fascial stretching would be the pump. The best time for you to stretch in expanding the bags which hold the muscles in place would be when your muscles will be pumped full of blood.
If the muscles are pumped fully, they press against the fascia. If you stretch hard at that time, you will be increasing the pressure on the fascia which would lead to its expansion.
Fascia stretching is actually more rigorous compared to the regular stretching methods and the results are truly amazing. If you are going to stretch hard to make the fascia expand more, you will definitely feel it. If you stretch your fascia, you will also feel a powerful pulling sensation and pressure because the muscle works against the fascia in expanding it.