STRETCHING ADHESED FASCIA
CAN BE A TRIGGER FOR PAIN
I deal with lots of people from AROUND THE COUNTRY, and even AROUND THE WORLD that are struggling with some degree of CHRONIC PAIN that limits their ability to live life normally. The standard medical fare for these people is, of course, drugs --- PAIN MEDS, NSAIDS, MUSCLE RELAXERS, CORTICOSTEROID INJECTIONS, ANTIDEPRESSANTS, and who-knows-what else. And if these individuals end up in therapy, they will undoubtedly go through intensive stretching and exercise protocols. While this is certainly fine for the average person, for the person dealing with severe FASCIAL ADHESIONS and MICROSCOPIC SCAR TISSUE, it can prove devastating --- particularly when it comes to stretches of the pelvic girdle (i.e. for problems such as PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME). The three pictures below will help you understand why.
Tissue (in this case, we are talking about FASCIA) is represented by the ropes above, right, and left. Good, healthy tissue is going to line up in a parallel fashion that not only provides strength, but flexibility as well (left pic).
Sometimes, it takes some 'umph' to break fouled up tissue (HERE). Our goal is to BREAK UP THE PROBLEMATIC TISSUE, then give you a stretching protocol to pull the tissue apart (make it more like the pic on the left) before it can re-heal in its previous state (clump / wad / tangle). For things like SHOULDER PROBLEMS, NECK PAIN, etc, overstretching is rarely a problem. However, when it comes to problems of the pelvic girdle area (I mentioned BUTT PAIN / PS earlier) the stretching can, in some people, fire up the SCIATIC NERVE or bony attachment points (most commonly the Ischial Tuberosities or "sits" bones --- the knobs of bone underneath your gluteal muscles). This is why we want you to do your stretches often for the first few days, but not with any real intensity.
Make sure to come back and read the next post as it will be something along the lines of Scar Tissue Remodeling and its relationship to CENTRAL SENSITIZATION.
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