Too few people understand. Why don’t you work out? Why don’t you lose the weight? Why don’t you try harder?
Too few people understand what it takes.
What it takes when sitting hurts, standing hurts, moving hurts, and even lying down hurts. When you wake up feeling worse than the night before.
Too few people understand that you can’t push through it. The strength and ability aren’t there, or if you can push through, you pay for it, hard.
They can’t understand. They haven’t felt it.
I know, sometimes the effort you put forth just to go about your day is phenomenal.
And whether we’re talking about headaches, back pain or neck pain, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, endometriosis, frozen shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ Disorder, etc, etc, it all sucks. Chronic pain makes life tough and discouraging and the people around you don’t get it.
But let’s not allow that to be the end of the story.
There’s one thing in common with all chronic pain issues, one thing that traditional therapy and even most alternative therapies have missed. Chronic pain needs myofascial release.
Chronic Pain Needs Myofascial Release
Let me tell you a bit about your fascia (fash-uh), also called connective tissue. It’s the basic building block of all of your body. What’s that? What about cells, you ask? Yes, cells do the work, but fascia creates the structure and shape they live in. It’s wonderfully adaptable stuff. It’s the scaffolding of your tissues, and it responds to the changing needs and tensions of your body. (For those interested, see this video excerpt or the full video.)
Fascia is also your shock absorption system, along with muscles and bones. Fascia absorbs and spreads the impact of any forceful, violent event that happens to your body, including surgery (cutting is injury, after all). As it does this, it can get over-stressed and become dehydrated, glued, and stuck.
Think back a moment on your life. Remember all the bumps and bruises, the jolts and whacks, the falls and twists, and certainly the big events, the car accidents, sprains, breaks, and surgeries. All of these lead to fascia being less pliable and more glued. Scar tissue. Adhesions. Now imagine this is happening throughout your body, a little here, some more there, and a big section right there. Try moving with all that stuck tissue, especially if it’s glueing a joint, or a vertebra in your spine, or putting crushing pressure on a disc or pulling on a nerve. Or creating lots of little jolts in lots of little places. Or…
You see why it could be so hard? Why the advice everyone gives you just doesn’t seem to work for you? Let’s get rid of one really stupid, bad, never-should-have-been-thought idea right now. You’re not lazy. You’re not weak-willed. You’re not a slacker and you certainly don’t deserve to be in pain. (For those of you whom this hasn’t been the message, yes, some people hear this. Some internalize it. This has got to stop.) You have been dealing with a body with its tissues stuck, pulled, and twisted in various ways unique to you, causing pain, dysfunction, and weakness. And you’re still going. You deserve that medal.
Now, long-overdue recognition aside, here’s the good news. That stuck, immobilized fascia can be unstuck and restored to fluid movement. We can get the pressure off the joints, discs, nerves, blood vessels, and organs. We can get the muscles and other tissues moving right. We can do it without surgery or medication. We can get you back to feeling good in your body again. And if you’ve never felt good in your body? Well then I’d truly be honored to help.
I’m not saying it’s easy, or quick. Sometimes it is quick and easy, sometimes it’s long and hard. But it’s doable. Would getting out of chronic pain be worth it? Would feeling good in your body be worth it to you?
Are you willing to show up?
I want very much to hear from you.
Over ten years ago, Michael happened upon myofascial release and was hooked instantly. Here, finally, was a practice that recognized the wholeness of a person, required the utmost integrity and courage to be a therapist, and led to profound healing for those who dared go deep!
In his pursuit of true therapeutic artistry, Michael has trained extensively with the creator of the Myofascial Release Approach®, John Barnes, PT (a therapist and teacher of the highest caliber) and has been an assistant instructor in his seminars.
When not helping people out of the pains that have frustrated and limited them for years, he is driven just a little bit crazy by three wonderful kids.