Move to Improve Healing

Over the past 15 years, I’ve been studying new and old scientific work and applying biotensegrity principles and the biology of our fascia to help my students and clients.

So if someone has an injury, for example, thoracic outlet syndrome, I don’t treat the area between the collar bone and the first rib like it needs to be fixed, protected or strengthened. It’s part of an integrated system. 

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Fascial Healing for People in Pain

When someone in pain comes to see me, their first question is, “what did I do wrong?” My answer is, “it doesn’t matter.”

Guilt, blame and shame are useless – these emotions don’t promote healing. They may cause the person to fixate on the recent or past incident that hurt their back. And then to under or overuse certain parts of their body. This is not helpful.

fascial healingI simply observe how the person moves and then show them alternatives that promote reintegrating the painful part into the whole. Initially we don’t even discuss any possible weaknesses or habits that may be contributing to their pain. They usually discover these as we work together.

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Treating an Ankle Sprain

Fascial Approach compared to Western Protocols

Ankle sprains are very common injuries – people slip and fall or turn their ankle stepping off a curb or step. We all recognize the symptoms – the ankle is painful, red, inflamed and swollen. These are our body’s natural response to trauma.

Pain is an alarm signaling danger asking us to change our behavior.  But the common Western approach for treating this injury is basically to treat the symptoms and ignore this message. 

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Alex’s Broken Leg

Alex, an active 21 year old, enjoys and excels at soccer. During a game last year, he was slide tackled by an opposing player. This high-speed tackle was particularly horrific – his opponent’s cleats hit Alex’s lower leg, breaking his tibia and fibula.

Despite the severity of his injury, over the next several months Alex healed so well that he improved his vertical jump height!

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