Fascia and Autoimmune
What is the link between autoimmune diseases and fascia?
Despite a direct link between fascia and autoimmune* disease symptom, scientists are only just beginning to focus on understanding the importance of healthy fascia. Here’s what I found in the literature.
When your immune system is overactive and attacking healthy cells within your body, it can trigger inflammation in multiple areas, which can lead to pain. Research has shown that persistent inflammation processes can lead to fibrosis, which can change the mechanical properties of the fascia, causing pain in the bones, joints, and muscles4. Moreover, a recent study examined patients with various autoimmune diseases who reported muscle pain and weakness and found that the cause of this pain was fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the fascia5. There are also several autoimmune disorders of the musculoskeletal fascial system (myofascial system) that directly cause fascial sclerosis and fibrosis. This causes pain and immune dysfunction, which is not only distressing for the sufferer but can also cause functional impairment and significantly impact a person's quality of life.
A new study gives hope for managing symptoms of autoimmune diseases at home.
Inflammation and musculoskeletal pain are common in people suffering from autoimmune diseases. A new study on FasciaBlaster instruments demonstrates the benefit of using fascia manipulation techniques to remodel fascia and reduce inflammation. Published in Cogent Medical Journal, scientists reported that the use of FasciaBlaster instruments 3 to 5 times a week for 90 days led to ultrasound evidence of fascia (collagen) remodeling, where the health of the fascia was restored to a soft and supple state9. These results were supported by an increase in collagen production markers in the blood (PICP). PICP is a protein that is expressed in connective tissue when it is undergoing remodeling, which further validated the ultrasound results7. In addition, the blood marker for systemic inflammation (CRP- CReactive protein) showed a reduction in inflammation in just 30 days. FasciaBlasting also increases temporary blood flow to the site of blasting and temporarily relieves discomfort related to muscle fatigue, such as repetitive motion.
Palpating Your Body with FasciaBlaster Techniques*
An increasing number of studies support the use of fascia massage or myofascial release to reduce inflammation and relieve pain experienced in bones, joints, and muscles. For example, research has shown that incorporating myofascial release into the treatment program of a patient suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and collagenous colitis helped facilitate improvements in pain, range of motion, fatigue, and gastrointestinal motility10. Another study assessed the use of myofascial release in treating patients with systemic sclerosis, an autoimmune condition that causes atypical growth of connective tissues. The researchers found that treating patients using myofascial release and joint manipulation twice a week for nine weeks resulted in improved movement and function and increased quality of life compared to the control group11. This demonstrates the positive effect that fascia massage can have on managing symptoms of autoimmune diseases, and it is increasingly becoming recognized as an important part of treatment programs. Click here. for more on Instrument Assisted Treatments
Doctors on the Today’s Show discuss FasciaBlasting and Ashley Black reveals her childhood Rheumatoid Arthritis*
Mainstream Media traditionally steers clear of all-natural alternatives, but the medical staff at the Today Show are progressive and well informed. For more information on the backstory of Ashley Black’s FasciaBlaster, click here
What are autoimmune diseases?
Autoimmune diseases occur when your immune system is overactive and begins attacking your own healthy cells. No one is quite sure why this happens, but some are genetic and run in families, and you are much more likely to have an autoimmune disease if you are a woman. There are more than 80 recognized autoimmune diseases that affect different parts of the body, and as research continues to advance, it is likely that we will continue to discover more. People suffering from autoimmune diseases experience a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, joint pain and swelling, digestive issues, nausea, headaches, swollen glands, and skin problems.
Some common autoimmune disorders include
Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Systemic lupus erythematosus (Lupus, SLE).
How autoimmune diseases are usually treated and archaic approach
There is no definitive cure for an autoimmune disease, but doctors and specialists can recommend treatments and therapies to help you manage your symptoms. The treatment will depend on the condition, but the most common approach is to prescribe medications that suppress or alter the immune system in some way to reduce the impact the disease is having on the body. These medications can include anti-inflammatories, insulin, corticosteroids, painkillers, and plasma exchanges. Doctors may also recommend physical therapy to help with joint and muscle pain, and in some cases, such as Crohn’s, surgery2,3.
FasciaBlasting is a “can’t hurt medicine” and is proven safe and effective for reducing inflammation(10)
Living with an autoimmune disease can be challenging and frustrating, but new solutions are emerging that can help you manage some of your symptoms in all-natural ways. Before trying expensive and invasive procedures or drugs, give FasciaBlasting a try. Finish it off with some cold therapy and see how you feel. Click here for our best kits for sensitive full-body treatments.
Written and medically reviewed by:
Dr. Lindy Whitehouse, Ph.D.
Lindy is a science writer with a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Regina, Canada
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*The Fasciablaster tools have not been cleared by the FDA for the treatment of autoimmune disease