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Fascia And Back Pain

by Ashley Black

Most people, myself included (no surprises there!), have experienced back pain at some point in their lives. Why do I say most? Some estimates put it that around 80% of adults will be affected.  According to government stats*, nearly 40% of all work-related musculoskeletal disorders involve the back, and it's one of the biggest reasons for missed work days. This is a serious, life-impacting deal, people!

Let’s talk about the back. It’s a complex structure of muscles, tendons, vertebrae etc… all interacting as you move like the complex inner workings of a watch. And let’s not forget your fascia! Fascia not only encases your spine in a thick, straw-shaped tube, but it also is connected to every other type of fascia in the body. All of these parts have to act in concert to move correctly and stay healthy.

Lots of things can be at the root of back pain - like injury, bad posture, and poor movement patterns. Fascia doesn’t just go rogue and cause back problems; once imbalances occur, your fascia can tighten up in some places trying to (over)compensate. If that tightening occurs around and over the joints, restricting their range of motion, swelling and inflammation can follow. If not addressed, these problems can continue to stack up, with compensations impacting posture and then creating more compensations in how you move. BUT THERE’S HOPE!

Take a look at the Before & After images in our Gallery to see how posture can affect your back, and what you can do about it.

Maintaining healthy fascia is an essential self-care task for your back - this is what Emi had to say after nearly 60 days with FasciaBlasting:

“Because of my rotated hip (due to difficult childbirth), I had horrible lower back pain and mobility issues ... Within the first week of blasting, my lower back pain was almost completely gone. All of a sudden, it was like I had a new lease on life!”
Emi MacLeod-Loop on facebook 

FasciaBlasting Your Back

Using long tools like the original FasciaBlaster, you can totally reach your back yourself to massage the fascia and relax muscles locally.

Lower Back Blasting Tutorial

Fascia Blasting an Injury

First and foremost, always check with your trusted specialist whether massage/myofascial release are appropriate for you. You can show them these research findings for help discussing what is right in your circumstances. Once cleared, we recommend you start around the area but not directly on it, that way you check for sensitivity. Start at the surface and see how your tissue reacts. As you build up tolerance, it will feel good if your body is ready for deeper massage. Remember: fascia is a complex, connected web, so the issue is not always at the site of the pain!

For example, many people who have chronic low back pain have an alignment issue in the hips, so they’d want to include Blasting the hip flexors, stomach and the front of the legs while also practicing correct posture and movement patterns. Some sessions you may want to include the entire line of fascia that is connected to the area (for visuals and explanations of the fascia lines, see pages 119–125 of The Cellulite Myth.) 

Injuries can be really tricky and it takes someone who understands Fasciology to help navigate recovery. But that’s why you can send pictures and questions to me and my team (email or message our coaching inbox and we will get back to you as soon as we are able).

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