THESE ARE THE INITIAL FINDINGS FROM A 3RD PARTY STUDY CURRENTLY IN THE PEER REVIEW PROCESS. STAY TUNED!
THE ARTICLE AT A GLANCE:
Scientific researchers conducted a FasciaBlaster study with 43 women over a 90-day period.
The at-home FasciaBlaster protocol was to warm up for approximately 20 minutes in a sauna, apply the Blaster Oil®, FasciaBlast each leg for 20 minutes and the abdominals for five minutes, then perform isometric contractions. The protocol was followed five days a week, with a rest day every two days.
RESEARCH FINDINGS SHOWED:
- A reduction in subcutaneous fat (SAT)
- An increase in the resting metabolic rate (RMR)
- A decrease in systemic inflammation (CRP)
- An increase in collagen production (PICP)
- An increase in Irisin
- Safety markers showed no stress on the internal organs or systems
Ultrasound imaging was used in this study to evaluate the subcutaneous fascial architecture and measure the Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue (SAT). Ultrasound evidence indicated a reduction of subcutaneous fat (Table 1), as well as a visible smoothing of the fascial tissue.
The results shown in Table 1 showed no significant changes in Total mass (kg), Fat-free mass (kg), Fat mass (kg), and Body Fat (%). This data indicates that fat reduction was occurring locally at the targeted areas (thighs) without having a dramatic impact on overall body composition measures.
Here are the ultrasound image results from two women from the study.
The reduction in SAT is also shown in these photos, with Subject 1 decreasing by 0.51cm (or 27%) by Day 90. Subject 2 saw a decrease of 0.35cm (or 25%).
The reason for testing the blood is so significant is because blood results show what is happening systemically and affecting the entire body. So, for example, even though the subjects only FasciaBlasted their thighs and abdomen, these results were seen all throughout their body.
1. A DECREASE IN C-REACTIVE PROTEIN
C-Reactive Protein (CRP) is a hematological marker for inflammation that is synthesized by the liver in response to cytokines released by damaged tissue. CRP levels decreased throughout the study.
2. AN INCREASE IN IRISIN PRODUCTION
Irisin is known as the “exercise hormone” and is released in the blood after moderate to high-intensity training to help convert calorie-storing white adipose tissue (WAT) to brown adipose tissue (BAT), which burn energy, produce heat, and are packed with mitochondria. This results in more calories burned and an improvement in fat loss. Irisin levels increased and remained ele- vated throughout the study.
3. INCREASE IN PICP PRODUCTION
PICP (type 1 procollagen C-terminal propeptide) levels peaked at 72 hours and 30 days and remained elevated throughout the study.
4. SAFETY MEASUREMENTS SHOWED NO STRESS ON INTERNAL ORGANS OR SYSTEMS.
Measurements of AST, ALT, and BUN enzymes showed no changes, indicating there was no over-stress on the body.
METHODS OF MEASUREMENT
Venous blood was extracted by venipuncture of the antecubital vein using a 21-gauge syringe and collected into a 10mL EDTA tube by a certified phlebotomist. Afterward, blood samples were centrifuged at 2500 rpm for 10 minutes at 4°C. Resulting serum and plasma samples were then aliquoted and stored at -80°C until analysis. The hematological analysis included the fol- lowing markers: comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP); C-reactive protein (CRP); thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH); dehy- droepiandrosterone (DHEA); triglycerides; free fatty acids (FFA); irisin; Carboxyterminal Propeptide of Type I Procollagen (PICP); and Serotonin.
Study results showed the RMR increased throughout the study, and by Day 90, showed an average increase of 168 kcal/day, indicating that more calories were needed and used in order to maintain body weight and other functions. This helps explain the decrease in the subcutaneous adipose tissue that was seen in the ultrasound images.
METHODS OF MEASUREMENT
Metabolic testing was conducted on an indirect calorimeter for approximately 15 minutes in a quiet, lit room, while subjects breathed normally into a mouthpiece with a nose clip in place. Calibration took place prior to each individual test (this process is automated as the device contains barometric, temperature, and humidity sensors in addition to the oxygen and flowmeter sensors). All test subjects were instructed to avoid consuming anything - including any caffeine or stimulants that could alter REE and respiratory exchange ratio (RER) - 12 hours prior to testing.
Photography results of each subjectʼs thigh cellulite were assessed in order to see if visual improvements were made. In order to provide an objective measurement to a subjective result, a scale was created called the “Black Cellulite Severity Scale” (BCSS) that consisted of two separate technicians - one male and one female - both blinded to the source of the photographs. They were asked to assess the degree of cellulite in the photos of all test subjects and rate the degree of cellulite on a five-point analog scale in order to objectively measure changes in the appearance of cellulite. Both blinded testers noted a visual im- provement in the appearance of cellulite (measurable results are shown below in Table 2).
HERE ARE THREE BEFORE & AFTER IMAGES OF ONE SUBJECT FROM THE STUDY.
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Table 2. Objective Cellulite Appearance (Black Cellulite Severity Scale)
The scoring was as follows:
0 - no cellulite
1 - minimal dimpling or appearance of cellulite
2 - slight dimpling or appearance of cellulite
3 - moderate dimpling or appearance of cellulite
4 - significant dimpling or appearance of cellulite
5 - severe dimpling or appearance of cellulite.*
* = significantly higher than BL (p < 0.001). Data expressed as mean ± SEM.
This study is currently in the peer-review process with an international organization, and Ashley Black presented the research findings in September 2018 at the National Strength Coaches Association International Conference in Madrid, Spain. The research was already published in May 2018 at the International Conference on Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetology in Singapore and at the 7th International Cosmetology, Trichology, and Aesthetic Practices Conference in Osaka, Japan.
If you are a student, researcher, University representative, or other practitioners that is interested in conducting research with the FasciaBlaster devices, please email Research@AshleyBlackGuru.com. We are happy to provide the devices, the protocols and coaching on best practices so that the research will be as accurate as possible and we can continue to advance the science of FasciologyTM.