by Ashley Black
If you’ve read my previous articles, you know all about fascia, its function, and how and why it recoils. You also know that fascial recoil causes pain and restriction, and that the best “at home” treatment for fascia is the FasciaBlaster®. To further understand the global effect of fascia and how it affects your body, I recommend that you read my #1 National Bestselling book “The Cellulite Myth: It’s Not Fat, It’s Fascia”. This information will empower you to differentiate which symptoms are due to fascia issues as opposed to what may be caused by other contributing factors.
Remember that if you have any preexisting medical condition or are taking any medication, it’s important to get doctors approval prior to FasciaBlasting or any myofascial release treatment.
Fasciology™ is a new, very intricate science, and as we discover more through our research, I’m making it readily available to the public in the form of blogs, videos, and via social media. We have recently completed a study through The Applied Science and Performance Institute in Tampa, Florida, under the direction of Jacob Wilson, Ph.D, CSCS*D. This provided us with the scientific evidence that proves what we already knew, as well as what we had previously hypothesized based on many years of experience and raw, anecdotal data from our users’ feedback. Please read these findings closely, as it will help you piece together the puzzle for yourself.
While restoring healthy fascia is necessary, we need to keep a few things in mind during our FasciaBlasting sessions. In our research, we have discovered that there are various reasons why one may experience discomfort after a blasting session and we’ll talk about them in the following paragraphs.
As shown in the study mentioned above, FasciaBlaster® treatments are metabolically similar to physical
exercise, which explains how post-exercise symptoms such as muscle fatigue and soreness can be common post-FasciaBlasting. You know your body best, and you are the only one who can determine how you’re feeling in the moment. Pay attention to how your body reacts; always start out lightly, ease into it, and gradually you’ll become more aware of what your body needs. If approved by your health provider to start a new exercise program, start out using the FasciaBlaster® for 1 to 3 minutes on a test spot like your thigh and forearm.
It’s also important to take note of your posture and position when FasciaBlasting. If you’re seated on the floor, hunched over, and blasting in a frenzy while trying to reach difficult areas and not breathing properly, you may experience post blasting discomfort.
Practice this wall test exercise 3-5 times a day to retrain your body mechanics to sit, stand, and move with proper posture. The key is to find a balance between targeting those hard-to-reach areas and maintaining correct posture with every movement.
Releasing the fascia all over is important for total body restoration, so you’ll want to eventually work up to full body blasting. The “lines” of structural fascia run all throughout your body, connecting, penetrating, and protecting every muscle, organ, and structure. To get full body pain relief, it’s important to restore the fascia all throughout your body. We depict the various fascia lines in this blog.
Using the FasciaBlaster® stimulates the body’s natural inflammation and healing processes. The acute inflammation generally
lasts 0-72 hours and then subsides. While this is completely normal and part of the restorative process, everyone responds to inflammation differently. Some people might experience a temporary negative reaction to the acute inflammation process as their body flushes out the waste and toxins that are mobilized from the fascia treatment.
If the discomfort lasts longer than 72 hours and you are concerned, you may want to check with your trusted healthcare provider. Please revisit our research findings for more information.
Some discomfort post-blasting (DPB) is caused by simply applying too much pressure when using the FasciaBlaster®. We recommend users stay at a 2-4 on the pain scale of 1-10, with 10 being your highest pain threshold.
Because it’s important to monitor how your body responds to acute inflammation, we advise that you start slowly and test a specific area (thigh or forearm). The FaceBlaster™ is an amazing tool for prepping the tissue and nervous system so, especially for sensitive areas, we recommend that you start out with the smaller claws and work up to the larger tools for deeper treatment.
Using the FasciaBlaster® can open up and loosen joint space, which can cause changes to your posture and alignment due to the increase in nerve activity and muscle activation. Please be aware that these structures may have been previously unstable and weak due to the restriction of nerve signal and flow of nutrients. DPB can arise if these structures aren’t strong or stable enough to move effectively. Activation of the muscles post-blasting is important for increasing strength and stability of the body. If the body senses an instability, then muscle spasms or cramps can occur. If this happens, continue to hydrate, FasciaBlast, stretch, and then ice the area after treatment. For more information read “The Science of the FasciaBlaster Revolution.”
For these reasons, flushing and activating are strongly encouraged following all FasciaBlasting sessions.
Fascia is filled with fluid, so it’s also important to properly hydrate before, during, and after blasting! I recommend drinking at up to 1 gallon of water per day, as well as incorporating electrolytes. I recommend Nuun tablets, and my own brand of “Cellectrolytes™” is coming soon!
We can only provide suggestions, not medical advice or diagnoses. Please consult your trusted provider for additional information. At Ashley Black Guru we try very hard at to give you every possible resource and the most accurate answer possible. However, this is an under-researched and underfunded science, so anyone in a healthcare position might not have the answers in totality because they simply are not yet available. Please remember to educate yourself and decide if these methods are for you, and feel free to consult a trusted advisor independently if you like. We are here to educate the interested, not compel someone who is uncomfortable with the process. Please refer to this article that summarizes what the latest research indicates.