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FASCINATING FASCIA

Our bodies’ key to chronic pain relief

BY TRACY DUHS, IMD, PhD
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Many of the patients I see in my practice are suffering from chronic pain. Often, these same patients testify that massage and acupuncture help but don’t often provide prolonged pain relief for chronic pain issues. Can you relate?

What if I told you that one of the hidden keys to pain relief could be found in your fascia? Fascia is our body’s connective tissue, an interwoven fibrous web that helps support and protect our muscles and vital organs. Fascia surrounds individual muscles, blood vessels and nerves. It binds these structures together kind of like cellophane. Fascia is the tissue where the musculoskeletal system, circulatory system and nervous system all unite.

Our bodies’ fascial network greatly influences all other body systems and plays a big role in our aging process as well as the overall health of our entire body. New research reveals that our emotions and cellular memory are stored in the fascia as well as other tissues. An incredible woman named Dr. Candace Pert actually quantified the molecules of emotion. Candace Pert was a neuropharmacologist and researcher during her lifetime, and she said, “Your body is your subconscious mind. Our physical body can be changed by the emotions we experience.” To unwind our emotional traumas, we may need to unwind our fascia first. When we liberate our bodies, we can liberate our minds.

It’s no wonder, then, that when we feel emotions like fear, anxiety and anger, it directly translates into our body, and we can feel pain. I personally believe that many people suffering from chronic pain could find relief by working through the emotions trapped in their tissues. Our cells have memory in order to protect us from future harm. The only problem is that we don’t want all of our traumas stored inside of us and contributing to adhesions in our fascia.

The health of your fascia is important because if your fascia isn’t healthy, then the rest of your body systems could potentially be at risk. When we experience adhesions in our fascia, it has the potential to adversely affect blood flow, cause pain, tension, limited range of motion and more. Fascial adhesions can also cause misalignments in the body that can become very painful if not addressed. Fascia directly affects flexibility, joint stability, coordination and chronic pain syndromes.

Knowing how important fascia is, what can we do to keep our fascia healthy? There are many techniques for breaking up fascial adhesions. One of my favorite techniques that I love to share with clients is body rolling—specifically, YAMUNA body rolling. It’s a comprehensive workout that literally breaks up fascial adhesions in addition to liberating stagnant thoughts and emotions through the process of rolling your body along various rubber balls. This body work helps move us forward into a healthier and more fluid mind/body balance. It’s noninvasive, feels good and helps you look good, too!

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The Sanctuary Wellness Experience offers table treatments that will help liberate your fascia. They also offer YAMUNA body rolling classes in addition to selling YAMUNA balls. Call 619.861.8351 or visit WellnessExperienceSD.com to learn more. ]