Have you jumped on the bandwagon of dry brushing? I see ladies talking about dry brushing as if it's the new miracle treatment, and as a physical therapist, I just don't understood the hype. Sure it feels good to be brushed. Ever since I was a little girl, I'd jump out of the shower, wrap in a towel, and run to my mom. Well beyond the age when I could dry myself and comb my hair, I cherished this time together. I wanted my mom to brush my hair, all the way down to my waist, even though my hair stopped at my shoulders. I believe the real benefit of dry brushing comes from the act of self CARE, self LOVE, and self-TOUCH. The stimulation of touch receptors lights up our nervous system, making us feel good, relax, and think happy thoughts. (like thoughts of my Mom brushing my hair). But does it really do all these other things (like detox, drain lymphatics and decrease cellulite) that the social media health gurus claim?
Diastasis recti abdominus (DRA) is a common problem of the fascial connective tissue that affects almost ½ of women during their first year postpartum.1,2 This separation of the two parallel muscle bellies of the rectus abdominis occurs when the growing baby causes the connective tissue between mommy’s muscles to stretch beyond its tensile strength. The British Journal of Sports Medicine followed 300 first-time mothers through their pregnancy and for one year afterwards to see how common this problem was. They found a separation of at least 2-fingerbreadths in 60% of these women 6 weeks-, 45.5% at 6 months-, and 32.6% at 12 months post-partum. Why is it bad? DRA is correlated with health complications such as persistent lower back pain, pelvic pain, altered trunk biomechanics, poor posture. Left untreated, this abnormal separation of the fascial support of the trunk can result in stress incontinence, fecal incontinence, and pelvic floor dysfunction.
Scars are not confined to our skin, but tissues far below the skin can scar, too. Any tissue, whether it’s bone, muscle, or even the heart will show evidence of scar tissue following cellular damage. Scarring is part of the normal biological process in response to wounded tissue, anywhere in the body. Formed of collagen and fibroblasts, the size and composition of the scar depends on the type and amount of tissue destroyed by disease, injury, or surgery. It’s a natural part of the healing process to replace damaged cells,
Fit Fascia Solutions is bringing our hands-on learning to beautiful Cosa Rica. Here are the learning objectives for our 5 night, 6 day educational and fun retreat. With pineapple smoothie in hand, we're bringing you the current research on the structure and function of the fascial system, why it’s been named the largest organ of the body, and why everybody is talking about it. Participants will be able to identify possible causes of fascial dysfunction, and learn ways to safely address them. You'll leave with confidence and understanding of a variety