What Is Synovial Fluid And Its Importance To Runners

Synovial fluid is for your body as oil is for your car or the oil for you door hinges in the house. When the car parts or door hinges are lubricates they glide part each other, there is no impediment to movement.

You also know that when lubricated you also reduce the damage on the parts of your car or the hinges of your doors. They also last longer.

Synovial fluid does the same thing the joint or the parts of your body, it lubricates the joints for ease and smooth movement.

Synovial fluid has the following functions in the body:

  1. Lubricates the articular cartilage at the ends of the bones in the joint
  2. Supplies nutrients to the articular cartilage, or a thin layer of protective cartilage in the joints.
  3. Helps diagnose the cause of joint inflammation in the body – In joint diseases like arthritis, the synovium of the joint is the main place where inflammation occurs. But this isn’t the topic of our article.

The warm up before you being your running or any type of training ensures you get the synovial fluid flowing and lubricates the entire joint.

It is also important that you take your joints through their full range of motion so that the whole joins is lubricated.

This is one of the many important parts of your training as a runner to ensure your joints stay healthier for longer so you can run for longer.

One way to do this is through the full squat we perform at the beginning of each lesson.

The full squat takes the ankles, knee and hip through their full range of motion. It also moves, stretches and mobilises the spine, getting it ready for action.

You can use the full squat today, from our Wild Workout free exercise samples. Click here to start using the full squat now.

 

 

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Alexandra Merisoiu, The Body Engineer, is the Founder of The Merisoiu Technique - Institute Of Health And Human Movement and Dracula’s Retreat. She is also a qualified Low Back Pain Management and Prevention Exercise Instructor and REPS registered.

She specialises in working with runners, beginners and advanced, who want to run faster, further, with less effort and fewer injuries. This is done through natural movement fitness and running technique and mechanics drawn from the many disciplines Alexandra has studies throughout the years, including long distance running.

Since 1995 she has explored how the body and mind works. She has done this through using many different sporting techniques and working with a wide variety of highly respected coaches. Throughout her Martial Arts career she has achieved 3rd Dan Black Belt in Karate Shotokan, runs her own Karate club and is IJKA 2017 triple World Champion, 2016 WMO Martial Arts British National and European Champion. She still competes at an international level.

It is through these learnings, and drawing inspiration from respected natural movement names such as MovNat, IdoPortal and POSE Method of running among many others, that she has created The Merisoiu Technique and has established her own unique transformational programs that incorporate thousands of years of knowledge with Natural Human Movement.

Alexandra’s mission is to challenge the status quo of how to achieve the truly strong, fit and powerful body a runner needs to perform at their best level. This is done through building strong, lasting foundations in the natural outdoor environment; reducing the risk of injuries and educating people on the power of the fundamentals of natural human movement and running mechanics.

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