Clear plastic Dixie cup 3/4 filled with water in the center of the photo. The cup is sitting on a white countertop with a cobalt blue painted wall in the background.

Not Feeling Great? Hydrate.

Feeling a little off? Do you have a headache coming on? Have you stretched, foam rolled and taken hot baths until you’re blue in the face and still feeling muscle aches and pain?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, I have one little tip for you….check your hydration levels.

My myofascial release mentor, John F Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB often talks about how most of us are dehydrated and don’t even know it. In the words of, Richard P Harty, PT, fascia is a “water-loving tissue.” When the fascia becomes dehydrated the tissue becomes taught and can start to solidify, placing up to 2000 Ibs of pressure per square inch on the internal structures of the body such as nerves and muscle fibers. At it’s worse, this can create debilitating pain.

Staying hydrated can help prevent fascial restrictions. Of course, you may need an extra intervention like a myofascial release session, foam rolling, yin yoga class or the like. However, if you are stuck in a bind and are either between sessions or at work and can’t get away to foam roll or go to a yoga class, then may I suggest to check your hydration levels.

Relief could be just a glass of water away.

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