fascial adhesions, chronic pain, and an inability to hold adjustments

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FASCIAL ADHESIONS, CHRONIC PAIN, AND CHIROPRACTIC

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Photo courtesy of Greg Eastman of Sage Creek Forums, Idaho

In the Ozarks we have an extra holiday — a holiday that most of the rest of the country knows little or nothing about.  It’s called DEER SEASON; and we are smack dab in the middle of it!

For those of you who are uninitiated in skinning a deer, note the picture on the left.  When you skin a deer (or anything else for that matter), you will find that just underneath the skin is a tough, clearish-white, cellophane-like membrane that clings tightly to the meat.  This is what the hunters in these parts call “Striffin” (sometimes pronounced “striffing“).  What is striffin?  It is actually one of the most abundant connective tissues in your entire body, and it’s real name is Fascia.

FASCIA surrounds individual muscles, muscle bundles within individual muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves.  It binds these structures together in much the same manner that plastic wrap is used to hold the contents of a sandwich together. Fascia consists of several extremely thin layers, and is the tissue where the musculoskeletal system, circulatory system, and nervous system all converge together. It extends uninterrupted from the top of the head to the tip of the toes, and like LIGAMENTS and TENDONS, it contains closely packed bundles of wavy collagen fibers that are oriented in a uniform and parallel fashion. Subsequently, healthy fasciae are flexible structures that are able to resist great uni-directional tension forces and have great elasticity.  However, when fascia become injured, whether repetitively, traumatically, or both, it ends up in a tangled and twisted mess.  As you can imagine, this can cause severe restrictions as well as pain. 

_Much of this pain is due to a loss in the type of nerve function we call PROPRIOCEPTION (your body’s ability to determine where it is at in space).  However, much of it is simply due to the fascia itself.  You see; fascia is arguably the single most pain-sensitive tissue in the human body!  The problem is that it does not image well —- even with some of the most advanced imaging techniques on the planet such as MRI.  As you might imagine, this makes for a bad combination — a PERFECT STORM OF CHRONIC PAIN.  Fascial Adhesions + an inability to objectively diagnose these adhesions = blank stares, being called “crazy“, or being accused of faking your pain (for either SSI Disability or drugs — something that is, unfortunately, a local problem).  In essence, one of the most important tissues in your entire body is being completely ignored because it cannot be visualized with standard medical tests.  And who ends up with the short end of the stick?  You —- the suffering patient!
The question always comes up, “If fascia cannot be imaged with advanced techniques such as MRI, how in the world does a hillbilly chiropractor from the RURAL OZARK region of southern Missouri image it?”  Plainly stated; I don’t.  I examine the areas that I believe to be affected by Fascial Adhesion (over 10 years of experience has helped me know what to look for), and I start treating.  Every year I get more proficient at knowing what to look for, finding it, and fixing it with something I call “Tissue Remodeling“.

Is it effective?  I will let someone else answer this question for me with this powerful testimonial we received on Friday.   Cassie was hurt in a cheerleading accident almost 6 years ago, and has suffered with terrible pain and spasms ever since — despite the myriad of ineffective and irrelevant (and expensive) medical tests and treatments she received during that time.  If you found Cassie’s testimonial interesting, I literally have hundreds more (HERE).

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