The treatment of fascia became more popular in recent years. The fascia or myofascial tissue contributes to pain and cellulite when it is tight. A band or sheet of connective tissue is what we call the fascia. It is beneath the skin. It is in essence collagen. It attaches and stabilizes muscles and other organs. It also encloses and separates them. When your muscles are tight the surrounding fascia tightens along with them. Freeing up the muscles allows them to begin function on their own. They will contract and release to their fullest potential. Myofascial release increases range of motion. It also reduces pain and recovery time. It has many benefits for some people. But there are also those who doubt its effects.
What is fascia blasting?
This is a technique that uses a tool designed to loosen the fascia. The tool looks like a long stick. It has little claws or feet attached to it. It reduces pain and cellulite. It aims to loosen the fascia through physical manipulation and pressure. You should massage it all over the body, one area at a time. The FASCIABLASTER is the most popular among these tools.
How does it work?
There are various ways to do fascia blasting. Here is how it usually works.
- Use a heating pad to warm up your body. Or you can take a hot shower. You can massage your skin with the fascia blaster. Be careful so it will not hurt.
- Apply oil on the area you want to work on.
- Rub the fascia blaster on your skin. Do it in a gentle scrubbing motion. Continue for about 2 to 5 minutes per area.
- Do it in other areas of your body. Repeat as needed.
You start with 1 minute or less if you are new to fascia blasting. See how your body feels afterward. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids after. A cold shower may reduce swelling if there is any.
What are the benefits of fascia blasting?
People who have tried fascia blasting claim that it has a lot of benefits. These include the following:
- Reduced cellulite
- Firmer skin
- Less muscle pain
- Less joint pain
- Increased circulation
There is not much research on fascia blasting despite its rising popularity. There is a need for more thorough research to support the benefits of fascia blasting.
Are there any side effects?
Some individuals who tried fascia blasting claim that they developed symptoms after. These side effects include:
- Severe bruising
- Skin discoloration
- Increased cellulite
- Increased varicose veins
- Increased pain
- Extreme fatigue and tiredness
- Weight gain
You should discuss it with your doctor if you plan to try fascia blasting. Advocates claim it reduces pain and cellulite. But there are those who developed side effects. Your doctor can help you determine if it is a safe technique for you.