Tight, thickened fascia binds and impedes joint movement and causes pain. It is a factor in most joint and muscle pain as it encases and restricts muscle movement. DMR Therapy stretches and separates the fascia in a way that can restore it to a healthy state, freeing muscles and joints and allowing lymph and blood to flow freely–aiding healing and eliminating inflammation. The physical effects can be dramatic. Fascia changes immediately, within minutes the body can enjoy pain relief, fluidity of movement, and a new sense of freedom. Through DMR Therapy all of this can be accomplished without drugs, surgeries, or negative side effects. As we seek relief from any condition affecting the body, it is always advisable to begin with the least invasive approach possible.
WHAT IS FASCIA?
Fascia is one compontent of the connective tissue of the body. It is composed of dense fibrous tissue that covers the muscles and forms a continuous three-dimensional matrix of structural support throughout the body. Fascia surrounds all organs, muscles, bones, blood vessels and nerve fibers. It connects every part of the body to every other part, binding the human body into an integral whole. Fascia facilitates the proper movement of joints, tendons and muscles as well as supporting the skeleton and organs. It binds some structures together while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other. If you could photograph only your body’s fascia, you would have a perfect 3D model of exactly what you look like.
Healthy fascia is pliable and elastic. It contains collagen, a lubricant that allows fluid interaction between the muscles. Healthy fascia has a natural spring, a rebound effect, so the force you exert as you run, for example, gets returned to your body through the tensional network of the fascia. You use less muscles power, and therefore fatigue less rapidly thanks to the assistance of your fascia. This same mechanism acts as a shock absorber which is important in protecting you from injury.
Recent research has shown that the fascial network is the largest and richest sensory organ of the body with between six to ten times the sensory nerve reception than the muscles themselves. Fascia is densely innervated by myelinated nerve endings which, along with perceiving pain, also serve a proprioceptive function, that is, they process stimuli that signal the body’s position, posture, equilibrium and limb placement in order to coordinate the movements of muscles and limbs.
HOW DOES FASCIA RELATE TO MY PAIN?
Texture and composition of the fascia can change with stress and injury. The collagen, which acts as a lubricant in healthy tissue, becomes more like glue in unhealthy tissue, forming scars and adhesions, impeding the movement of the muscles and causing intense pain in the fascia itself because of its large number of sensory receptors. This important source of pain is normally unrecognized, which is why so many therapies, which does not take this into account are so ineffective. Unhealthy fascia can also encase the body like a straightjacket by contracting and becoming thicker and less elastic, restricting muscle function or visceral movement. Often this develops so gradually that one is not aware of it until the restriction is released and a sense of lightness or floating ensues.
Fascia can become restricted and inelastic from trauma such as accidents and surgery, as well as from poor posture, chronic inflammation and overuse. Prolonged tension from stress or emotional upset can also cause restrictions that pull on muscles and other structures, resulting in tightness, pain and limited movement. Most musculoskeletal pain originates from tightness in the muscle and distortions in the fascia, rather than joint deterioration or nerve impingement.
This tissue is designed to glide and foster freedom of movement within the body in a healthy system. Unhealthy fascia hinders movement and causes distortions throughout the whole body. Correcting distortions, relieving pain and restoring the sliding and gliding network of fascial tissue is the goal of DMR treatments. Many patients have experienced significant and immediate results after receiving this noninvasive therapy.
IF THE FASCIA SO IMPORTANT WHY HAVEN’T I HEARD OF IT BEFORE?
Although fascia plays a major role in joint stability, it is an organ of support that has been largely neglected and overlooked until very recently. Fascia or connective tissue serves a universal function of support and movement throughout the body, as discussed above. But no one medical specialty studies it in its entirety or focuses on it except for its specific structures such as in the pleura of the lungs, the pericardium surrounding the heart or the meninges of the brain. In anatomic displays the fascia is generally removed, so the viewer can see the organs, nerves and vessels but fails to appreciate the role of the fascia which connects, covers and separates these structures.
THE DOMINO EFFECT
Well-hydrated and supple fascia is crucial to maintaining alignment and function of the body. It will keep small problems from snowballing into larger ones, keep injuries from becoming chronic issues, and maintain mobility and functionality throughout life. Healthy fascia can help a person avoid ineffective surgeries and unnecessary joint replacements.
Because the fascial system is a ubiquitous network throughout the body, an injury or distortion in one part of the body can directly affect another. It can be compared to a tightly knit sweater. If you tug on one part you see the tug travel long distances to other parts of the sweater.
Most people have probably experienced this domino effect without realizing it. It might start with a minimal neck injury or whiplash in a minor car accident. At that time in your life you ignore it and the pain goes away. Later you might have shoulder pain that keeps recurring but it isn’t always there and you let it go. Years later might have arm or hand pain which you might attribute to playing tennis. As you get older your knees may start to hurt as you run or go up stairs. As the years go by you begin to feel pain in your neck and shoulder or lower back and think to yourself it’s just part of growing old.
What’s actually happening is that you are experiencing a series of compensatory reactions to the fascial injury that occurred years before. Fascia registers and holds the memory of any injury you’ve had during your lifetime. By resolving these distortions one can not only experience pain relief but also feel the lightness and fluidity that had been lost over a lifetime. Of course, if you have had a very serious accident or injury the effects will be much, much greater, again with numerous seemingly unrelated chronic pains.