It feels like muscle pain, but unlike a tight hamstring that makes you yelp when you stand up, your ache isn’t triggered by a particular movement, and you can feel it in different places at various times. The culprit could be your fascia .
Fascia is cotton candy-like connective tissue that glues us together.
To get a better picture of what fascia looks like inside your body, consider an orange. After you’ve peeled the entire orange, the fuzzy white pith keeps every individual slice together and keeps the entire fruit whole all at once. The deeper fascia acts in a similar way, differentiating each muscle group by its function, but also connecting the structures to each other.
Don’t Let the Tissues Get “Crunchy”
If you’ve ever had a shoulder rub and heard something that sounded like crinkling plastic under your skin, that wasn’t your imagination—it was probably your parched, stiffened fascia, our fascia is pretty similar to a sponge, When a sponge dries out it becomes brittle and hard. When a sponge is wet and well hydrated it is springy and resilient.
Happy fascia is fluid. It’s springy and strong.
What are some risks associated with a dehydrated fascial system?
Dehydrated fascia doesn’t glide as well, and the increased friction signals the release of inflammatory chemicals, which lay down a gluey material. Hence, fascial adhesions, that feel kind of crunchy.This is one of the reasons most injuries are fascial. If we get “dried out” we are more brittle and are at much greater risk for erosion, a tear, or a rupture.
How to keep your fascia hydrated ? ( part 1)
One way to keep the fascia hydrated is obvious: drink lots of fluids. But sometimes it is not enough to untangle those gluey bits from soft tissue. Seeing a body worker who specializes in any form of myofascial work like Rolfing or Structural Integration will do the trick, but you can also work on your own fascia with self fascia-loving system, The Melt Method.
Melt away pain and stiffness with The Melt Method.
MELT Method is a self-treatment technique designed to simulate manual therapy. It is self-massage! What it does is rehydrate the connective tissue and quiet the nervous system which has been scientifically proven to prevent pain, heal injury, and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. Using specialized hand and foot treatment balls you can learn how to self-treat in your own home or office to maintain a healthy, pain-free active life.
Clinical research shows that MELT significantly reduces non-specific, chronic low back pain, increases flexibility, and decreases connective tissue thickness.
OCTOBER 4th 12 pm , SUNDAY
Show Your Body Some Love with Melt 90 min introductory Experience all of the techniques in New York Times best selling book The MELT Method in an interactive and personalized environment. PLUS get a personalized consult from Advanced MELT Method Instructor, Lucero Barry to create your at-home Daily Self-Care MELT Plan.
In this workshop:
- identify where you have stuck stress in your body, a major cause of chronic aches and pains
- use the MELT Hand & Foot Treatment, a unique indirect treatment for your whole body safely and effectively decompress your own neck and low back.