Where do your problems lie?

brain constructionIn recent weeks, I've been sent a number of blogs posted by a number of bright men arguing the ideas that fascia is relevant. It's like arguing that your lungs aren't as relevant as your small intestines. It's the context and the point one is trying to make that can either enlighten others to think more, give rise to an emotion that will make them act and try something, or simply just confuse an already confusing topic.

I read a blog called Engaging Muscles. Lots of great information threaded into one issue I frequenly have issue with. I am not sure who even wrote this blog but Evan Osar, DC is quoted. In any event, it's here for you to read a little bit about what he feels the source of the problem is when pain is present.

Is it tight muscles? Nope. How about weak ones? Yes and no. It's secondary to what's causing the muscle's to fall neurologically weak that is more the cause of the pain problem. This is what's not clear and very misunderstood. If any of you out there are foam rolling, I'm going to kindly ask you to stop doing it. And those of you telling people how to do it, I'd really like you all to stop it as well. It's not helping.

In the 20 years of learning how to help a body get out of pain I have to be honest, every single video I see on Youtube about foam rolling has got it wrong. muscle dude

If you called John Barnes or any of the top Myofascial Release practitioners they would agree with me. The way people describe rolling is just flat out the wrong way physically with the wrong intention on all levels. You hear people telling you to iron yourself like a shirt, and when you find a "tight muscle" press on it harder, land on it and dig out the knot (to which I will utterly guarantee do NOT exist under the skin - trust me here folks, I've opened enough cadavers to know there are no bow ties in muscles causing you to feel those lumps).Those lumps you feel aren't your muscles at all.

baby foot fasciaWhat's hard for people to understand - and let me say there are a LOT of things I could now list here, the one thing about pain is, when you are in pain, causing pain isn't going to get you out of it. It's not how it works. Yes there are studies that if your knee hurts, if you dump your hands into freezing cold water you may forget for a time that your knee hurts because your brain can only focus on just so many issues at one time. Your hands slowly dying of hypothermia is going to win for a time. However, unless you are willing to freeze your hands off, eventually you will take your hands out of the water and your knee pain will return.

How people now describe the fascia, its relevance to the muscle systems isn't really true either. I read another article where some guy references the idea that we "melt fascia". This too isn't true. If his comment was to me personally or MELT in general, I'd sooner call him and tell him he needs to read the book as he would soon learn we don't MELT fascia. In MELT, we MELT pain away. I don't melt the fascia away.

Fascia is 80% fluid. The cells of this tissue called fibroblasts produce all the fibroblastsstuff that keeps the fluid stable so the fascial system can do its job to support, protect, and stabilize all other cells and systems of the body. IT'S FASCIA'S primary role here folks. Get over the fact that you think it's doing more than that - it's a HUGE job in the first place. And with all we know about the human body, we have only ideas as to how it does it's job efficiently in the first place. The problem is, if the tissue gets stressed, strained, challenged to do it's job EVERYTHING in the body then suffers. It gets strained and stressed and challenged from day to day living by the way. It's happening to everyone, everyday. All structures can falter and become out of balance, exhausted to remain efficient, and ultimately can cause pain and other issues we may not call "pain" but I would. Pain to me is distress in the body. When the body can't sustain efficiency, there's a problem in the innate architecture, the communication between structures (from body to brain to any finite element of the body), and ultimately the hydration consistency of the human form.

I'm tired of people bashing other people's ideas when their comments and ideas aren't fully spot on either. What's the saying about opinions...??? Everyone has one like... and sometimes they stink.

Here's the bottom line. You can't be efficiently mobile if you are inefficiently stable. The system of the body that innately sustains your stability is the neurofascial system - your autonomic nervous system (the most complex and least understood element of the body) and the connective tissue system (the most abundant and understudied, misinterpreted system of the body).

It's not your muscles causing you problems. Stop making fascia about muscles or it's singular connection to this limited system. Just because muscle are said to move you, they are getting information from somewhere and it's a complex orchestration.

Inhibition, efficiency, stability, transmission, shock absorption... these words mean far more to eliminating pain than muscle strength, length, tightness, or shortness. For most, the muscles are freaking exhausted from being the bad guy for every pain your complain about.

Let's get real here. Let's all just MELT, restore some baseline of stability so your brain can become more efficient in executing response when you want to move without pain. It feels good when you do it and it makes you feel better far longer and resolves some of the missing links to whatever it is that makes you feel unwell. Then I can teach you how to reacquire timing in the muscle system to become more efficiently mobile. One thing at a time though. More to come.

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