by Ashley Black
Just like with any physically exerting activity, rest and recovery time is an essential part of FasciaBlasting and fascia therapy. Using the FasciaBlaster® stimulates the body’s natural healing process where the brain is signaled to send nutrients and other properties to restore the area. There are a few things we can do on our part to help the body remodel and restore the soft tissues, and we’ll list a few of them in this article.
Cold therapy has been used as a recovery method by many athletes and post-surgery patients all over the world, and it’s a great post-FasciaBlasting recovery method.
Ice baths, cold packs, ice massage, cryotherapy, coolant sprays, and other cold therapy modalities can help boost metabolism and immune function, improve sleep quality, and slow the nerve impulses in the treated area. When your tissue warms back up, you can receive a return of oxygenated blood which can help your muscles and soft tissue recover.
Cold therapy can be especially effective when applied within 24 to 48 hours of your FasciaBlasting session or any strenuous activity or exercise. As with all pain relief treatments, common sense and precautions are encouraged, and users should be sure to ease into treatments at their own pace and check their skin often for sensation.
Flushing is similar to a light, fast massage over a recently treated area. This motion helps stimulate the lymph system, move out fluid and inflammation, and can help increase blood flow to the area which brings nutrients to help with recovery and restoration. We recommend using the After Blaster to not only give a more pleasant experience (glides easily and smells amazing), but this cream also contains high-quality arnica and skin tightening properties to assist in the recovery process!
Some other ways to give your body a “flush” and stimulate blood flow and the lymph system are dry brushing, foam rolling, and massage. Your skin is crucial in eliminating waste, excess water, and toxins via sweat glands, so be sure to incorporate your favorite techniques to give your body an added boost!
Stretching the structural lines of fascia that run all throughout your body allows the fascia to loosen, lengthen, and relax, providing more range of motion, lessening tension, and giving your body a release. When the fascia is tight and stiff it can compress the surrounding structures and systems. Fascial stretching has shown to help open the fascia, increase flexibility, improve athletic performance and recovery, and increase blood flow throughout the body.
To stretch all seven lines of structural fascia, perform these “position test” stretches demonstrated in pages 120-125 of The Cellulite Myth. The purpose of this test is to evaluate how tight you are along that particular line of fascia. It’s helpful to check your progress by doing the position test on a regular basis to see how your range of motion has increased and the tension lessens. Ultimately, you want to feel a gentle stretch along the complete line of fascia from one end of the stretch to the other.
Muscle Activation simply means you are placing a demand on the muscle fibers by contracting and activating them, which can be as simple as isometric contractions or weight-bearing movements. When you activate, you are strengthening the neural connections between the brain and the muscle, and supporting overall muscle strength and growth. Activating the muscles post-FasciaBlasting can also help bring that healing blood to the area to stimulate recovery.
Cardio can also play a big part in the recovery process, as staying active can serve as a natural “pump” of sorts that will help the body to move out inflammation and sweat out any toxins that may have been released from your fascia therapy!
Nutrition and hydration are so vital for so many aspects of overall health, pain management, and recovery! If you’re experiencing bruising and your recovery is taking longer than the usual, you may be lacking some of these vital nutrients:
– Vitamin K: necessary for responding to injuries and regulating normal blood clotting.
– Vitamin C: essential for the growth and repair of tissues and collagen formation.
– Vitamin D: regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, optimizes the skin’s immune system and helps destroy free radicals that can cause premature aging, and facilitates normal immune system function.
– Calcium: In addition to building bones and keeping them healthy, calcium improves nerve and muscle function and helps with blood clotting.
– Magnesium: crucial for bone and cell growth, stimulating soft tissue repair, nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, and nutrient metabolism.
– Electrolytes: carry electrical charges and serve many roles to help the body and organs maintain proper function and fluid balance, replenish mineral losses, and make the most of your water, which is the key to proper hydration. They also keep water balanced both inside & outside of cells so that your muscles and organs can have optimal performance.
Always ask your healthcare provider which supplements and vitamins are right for you!
There are many other bodywork therapies and modalities that can contribute to and boost your FasciaBlasting results and vice versa, and we encourage our users to choose the methods they prefer! Remember to do your research so you know exactly how these alternate therapies can affect your personal situation and what’s best for your lifestyle. Consulting your trusted specialist is always the best decision if you have any medical conditions or health concerns!
While working hard to get results through treating your fascia is fantastic and exciting, hopefully this short article helps explain why recovery is so essential and how allowing the body time to recuperate can actually boost your results! Always listen to your body and make decisions that take its needs into account.