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Kathy's Korner!, Issue #004 Fascial Stretch for Pain Relief
February 23, 2016
Hi there!

Welcome to the fourth issue of Kathy's Korner!

I'm excited that you have chosen to follow my newsletter. You can expect to find fun, interesting information here that will hopefully help you on your journey to a healthier life! I'm Kathy McAlpine Terpstra and I own a private wellness studio in beautiful Prince Edward County, Canada.

Most of my clients are baby boomers between the ages of 50-85. It makes sense that as we age, we want to keep doing the things that make us happy - travel, gardening, playing golf, boating, sports - you name it!

This week let's discuss how fascial stretch therapy can help to reduce pain.

Fascial Stretch for Pain Relief

Last week we discussed the idea of what fascia is: it's the connective tissue that looks like a wet spider web and surrounds every muscle in the body (as well as every organ but we'll keep it simple for now). When fascia is "tight", it can cause pain, reduced flexibility and decreased muscle strength.

How can tight fascia cause pain?

Nerves and blood vessels run through the fascial web. If the fascia is tightened by scar tissue, poor posture, trigger points, repetitive actions (think prolonged sitting or repeated sports actions like pitching a ball)or dehydration, then nerves can be pinched and blood flow through the fascia can be restricted. This can cause pain.

If not enough blood and oxygen get to the muscles, then people can experience less strength, early fatigue and possibly pain.

How can fascial stretch help to relieve pain?

A fascial stretch treatment involves stretching the fascia in all different directions. Kind of like stretching out a piece of cheesecloth. By creating more space in the connective tissue, pressure is taken off blood vessels delivering blood to the muscles, pinched nerves are set free and pain is alleviated. A typical fascial stretch session is done with the client lying fully clothed on a massage table.

I also like to use Nature's Sunshine's Tei Fu Massage Lotion to help with tight muscles. It contains a special blend of essential oils and I find it works great at soothing aching muscles and stiff joints!

Improved athletic performance?

That's next week's topic! Be sure to come back and read how fascial stretch therapy can help improve your athletic performance - whether that's golf, hockey, skiing, running or another sport!

How Do I Learn More?

It's easy! Check out my page on Fascia here.

Thanks for spending some time with me today! Make today your best day ever!


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