What is Fascia Blasting?
First lets begin with “what is fascia?” Fascia, also known as connective tissue, is a thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing a muscle or other organ. Fascia runs through every structure of the human body, when the fascia becomes tight it can close joints, create tension, impede nerves and restrict blood. Often times “unhealthy” fascia can be the culprit of many different pains in the body. The FasciaBlaster breaks through the fascia (connective tissue) and restores it, many times leaving the body pain free! We have seen first hand at how amazing and life changing this tool has been with our clients!
How does myofascial release work?
If you’re experiencing chronic lower back pain or tightness in your muscles, you may have issues with your fascia.
What’s fascia? It’s the connective tissue that surrounds and stabilizes your muscles and organs. It’s made mostly of collagen and drapes over your tissues like a spider web. If it’s inflamed or knotted, it can decrease your range of motion and cause pain.
Myofascial release loosens the grip of fascia on your muscles, joints, nerves and blood vessels. To encourage this expansion, slow and sustained pressure is applied wherever your body feels tight or stiff.
What are the benefits of myofascial release?
Myofascial release can increase blood and lymph flow, allowing the body to start to heal.
Some of the chronic conditions myofascial release can relieve include:
- Chronic headaches
- Muscle tension
- Lower back pain
- Slow recovery after exercise
Along with myofascial release therapy, stretching (even 10 minutes per day) and foam rolling can help keep your fascia healthy.
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CONDITIONS FASCIA BLASTING MAY HELP WITH:
- Frozen shoulder
- Plantar fascia
- Postural imbalances
CRITICAL FUNCTIONS OF HEALTHY FASCIA
- It acts like an anatomical “girdle” to bind and hold muscles together in a compact manner.
- It maintains the proper position of the individual muscle fibers, blood vessels, and nerves within the muscles, and prevents them from moving all over the place during movement or muscle contraction.
- It helps prevent injury by evenly distributing forces and loads for uniform transmission of these forces and loads over the whole muscle.
- It creates a uniformly smooth / slick surface that essentially lubricates the various tissues that come in contact with each other during movement. This is helps prevent friction injuries and subsequent tissue degeneration and degradation.
- It allows muscles to change shape as they are both stretched and shortened (contracted).
How Does It Work?
After applying a generous potion of oil to the part of the body you want to work on, grip the FasciaBlaster at each end and press the claws into the area. Moving the claws up and down the body area for up to five minutes. While you don’t want to use too much pressure, it is important to get deep penetration. Some bruising may occur after a few uses, but according to Ashley Black, this is part of the healing process. As the fascia is being stimulated, your body is sending blood to the affected area to heal, hence the bruising. Just like in cupping it is releasing built up impurities that are locked away in the muscle tissue.
For more information about the FasciaBlaster and how it can help with your healing process, contact At Vancouver Massage today!