The Importance of Water

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Have you ever taken a moment to think of the importance of water to you?  For the human body, water is an essential resource.

The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75% depending on age and gender. The body can survive many weeks without food but only days without water. The body cannot store water and the amount that is required depends on many factors such as body size, the amount of daily activity and exercise, the weather, illness, and the food we eat.

Water is essential to life to maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body. Our health, mobility and suppleness is influenced by the quality and fluidity of our facial network which envelopes every cell and has many functions.

Fascia that is dehydrated becomes tight, restricted and stuck and leads to compression of capillaries, nerves, structures and cells which it envelopes. This leads to pain, immobility and disease and can hinder the body’s ability to maintain normal function.

Regular activity and movement is also vitally important to encourage flow of water throughout the body and to the tissues to prevent dysfunction.  For example, spinal discs rely on movement and osmosis to draw in fluid. If the body is dehydrated then the discs will also dehydrate, shrink and risk losing shape and integrity. We all lose height towards the end of the day due to pressure and loss of water in the spinal discs but this will replenish at night given adequate water levels in the body.

One way in which you can reduce back pain and degeneration is to ensure an adequate daily intake of clean, healthy water and to regularly stretch, flex and exercise your spine throughout the day by means of varied movement and taking regular breaks from sitting and sedentary activities.

Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water, this means your body is already dehydrated.

Myofascial release techniques such as Bowen can help release and untangle dysfunctional fascia and restore fluid and function and thus aid the body to repair itself.

If you are interested in Bowen Therapy and would like more information or book an appointment, please give me a call or email me. Details are on my contact page.