Short and Long-Term Hormonal Responses to the FasciaBlaster®
by Ashley Black
I am not a hormone specialist, I am a fascia specialist. We all agree hormones are very tricky and have almost infinite causes for fluctuation. In our scientific research, one of our goals was to rule out the FasciaBlaster as one of those causes (of hormone fluctuations), which we did. The effect of FasciaBlasting on hormone levels in our independent study showed all fluctuations to be within normal parameters. What we directly mean by “normal parameters” is that there were positive effects on hormones, like if one were to begin an exercise program (see below).
To understand the effects of the FasciaBlaster, 35 women between the ages of 25-50 were studied over the course of 90 days. The subjects were baseline tested with blood analysis, ultrasounds, DEXA scans, metabolic testing, and an extensive questionnaire. In order to analyze both short and long-term effects, the study was broken down into two phases. The following hormones were analyzed:
– Testosterone: primary male sex hormone present in men and women
– DHEA Sulfate: an adrenal hormone
– Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
– Estradiol: the most common estrogen measured, produced by ovaries and adrenals
– Progesterone: produced by ovaries and adrenals
– Serotonin: a neurotransmitter contributing to mood
– Cortisol via C-reactive protein (CRP): produced by the liver in response to inflammation
Phase I: The Immediate Effects of the FasciaBlaster® on Blood Hormone levels
After baseline measurements were taken, each subject warmed up on a stationary exercise bike for 20 minutes while wearing a full body sauna suit. Following the warm-up, each subject was given a full-body 40-minute FasciaBlaster treatment by a professional Fasciologist. Each subject was then re-tested over the course of 7 days in order to provide accurate information on the daily blood level activity occurring after one-professional treatment.
Phase II: The Long-Term Effects of the FasciaBlaster® on Blood Hormone levels
After completion of Phase I, the subjects then followed a 90-day at home FasciaBlasting protocol that included heating in a portable sauna for 20 minutes prior to each FasciaBlasting session. Each subject was instructed to spend 20 minutes FasciaBlasting each leg for a total of 40 minutes, plus 5 minutes on the abdominals. The protocol was to FasciaBlast a total of 5 days per week, with 2 days on, and 1 day off. The subjects were allowed to FasciaBlast any other areas of their body at their discretion. Each subject received a FasciaBlaster®, Mini2™, FaceBlaster™, Blaster Oil™, and After Blaster cream. They used Ashley Black’s “Blaster Oil” for each session and were required to maintain a compliance log for the duration of the study. They were also instructed not to change their diet or exercise regimens and go about their daily lives as usual. They were re-tested and at 30, 60, and 90 days. Click here to see the results of the 90-day study.
Here are the results from the study:
|Baseline (n=33)||Day 7 (n=33)||Day 30 (n=33)||Day 60 (n=33)||Day 90 (n=33)|
Testosterone: This primary male hormone is present in low levels in women of all ages. Normal measurements range from 15 to 70 ng/dL. You can see in the chart above that the mean testosterone measures were relatively unchanged with FasciaBlasting. Click here for more information.
DHEA-sulfate: This hormone is produced by the adrenal gland in both men and women. Levels begin to decline after 30 years of age. This test is used as an indication of adrenal function. Reference ranges differ by age and gender. For our subjects, the levels fell well within the normal reference range of 32 to 270 ng/dL. Click here for more information on DHEA-sulfate.
TSH: This hormone is produced by the pituitary gland, and its release signals the thyroid to make T3 and T4 hormones, which help control the body’s metabolism. A blood test determines proper thyroid function. A normal range for TSH in most is 0.4 to 4.0 milliunits per liter (mU/L). For our subjects, the TSH levels fell within normal range. Click here for more information on TSH.
Estrogen: measured most commonly as estradiol.
Many of you have had questions about estrogen (…drum roll, please). As you know, estradiol is a potent estrogenic hormone naturally produced by the ovaries. This hormone is primarily responsible for producing female characteristics and sexual functioning. Normal estradiol levels change with adolescence, fertility, and menopause. Additionally, the amount of this hormone in your blood shifts depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle. This is why your doctor always asks you when you started your last menstrual period each time you have a physical exam or blood work. In premenopausal women, the normal reference range is 15-350 pg/mL. In post-menopausal women, the reference range is very low, but remains at a near constant level between 0-40 pg/mL. And, in case you were wondering, men have an estradiol blood level between 10-40 pg/mL.
There are several different published tables for estradiol reference ranges. Values are expressed in picograms per milliliter (pg/mL).
- Mid-follicular phase: 27-123 pg/mL
- Periovulatory: 96-436 pg/mL
- Mid-luteal phase: 49-294 pg/mL
As shown in the chart above, estradiol levels at all intervals were well within normal healthy ranges regardless of where the woman was in her cycle (all of our subjects were still regularly menstruating). The lowest mean level was found at baseline, at 69.1 pg/mL, and the highest level was measured at the 90-day mark (88.5 pg/mL). All of these levels fall well within normal healthy levels for these subjects, regardless of the phase of their menstrual cycle. If you have spikes or concerns about your estrogen levels, be sure to see a hormone specialist. Click here for more information on healthy estrogen levels.
Progesterone: Progesterone is one of the progestogen steroid hormones. It is secreted by the corpus luteum, a temporary endocrine gland that the female body produces after ovulation during the second half of the menstrual cycle, and the ovaries. Progesterone helps to regulate the menstrual cycle, but its main job is to prepare the uterus for pregnancy. After you ovulate each month, progesterone helps thicken the lining of the uterus in preparation for a fertilized egg. If there is no fertilized egg, progesterone levels drop again and menstruation begins. If a fertilized egg does implant in the uterine wall, progesterone helps to maintain the uterine lining throughout pregnancy. In men, Progesterone helps with the development of sperm. Click here for more information on progesterone.
In general, normal serum progesterone test results fall in the following ranges:
- Men, postmenopausal women, and women at the beginning of their menstrual cycle: 1 ng/mL or under
- Women in the middle of their menstrual cycle: 5 to 20 ng/mL
- Pregnant women in their first trimester: 11.2 to 90 ng/mL
- Pregnant women in their second trimester: 25.6 to 89.4 ng/mL
- Pregnant women in their third trimester: 48.4 to 42.5 ng/mL
The results of the research study show that progesterone levels remained consistent and within healthy levels throughout the FasciaBlasting protocol.
Here are some other factors that affect hormone levels for your personal research in order to better understand your body:
For More Information on the Findings from our Research Please See:
www.journals.lww.com/acsm-essr/Citation/1979/00070/Endocrine_Response_To_Exercise.7.aspx (information on estrogen and exercise is on pg. 170)