Full Body Fascial Facilitation
Fredric T. Samorodin Registered Physiotherapist
204 Sixth Street, New Westminster, B.C. V3L 3A1
Chronic Pain and Full Body Fascial Facilitation
This is an overview of the major focus of my manual therapy services. I hope that, in reading this material, you will understand the principles behind the therapy and the guidance you will receive. I am indebted to my mentor, Mr. Howard L. Jones, RPT for his insights.
Full Body Fascial Facilitation is a treatment method which treats the whole body as a delicate, inter-related series of mechanisms like the intermeshed wheels of a finely tuned watch (preceding digital technology). Fascia, which is the framework of the body, forms the envelopes or pouches for all of the body’s vital organs. The muscles, liver, heart, and brain are a few examples of the tissues and organs that are supported by fascia.
Fascial Facilitation helps to reduce pain and re-align displaced and dysfunctional areas of the body. Chronic pain which has been present for more than six (6) weeks is most effectively helped by full body fascial facilitation.
Pain of acute onset seems to be associated with a specific event, for example, a knee or ankle spain. Treatment carried out only to the painful area helps in local tissue healing and reducing pain, but may not reduce the possibility of re-occurrence! By treating the whole body, the local painful region will settle more quickly and the chance of recurrent pain will be minimized!
Chronic pain, although localized in a specific body region, is usually the result of many body areas being out of balance [malalignment]! [see my chapter in “The Malalignment Syndrome”] After many years of research, full body fascial facilitation has been found to be the best way to control chronic pain! Chronic pain in the body , is multilayered, like an onion! To localize the source of, for example, a shoulder pain, requires a number of therapy sessions lasting 45 minutes to an hour. This is the reason at least four (4) treatment sessions in the course of 6 weeks may be recommended. You should consider scheduling the 4 sessions at the start of your course of therapy. The ideal interval between treatments has been found to be one week!
Two or three sessions of full body fascial facilitation may be necessary before the main problem causing the pain comes to the surface. During these early sessions, painful re-actions may occur! Fascilitation wakes up unhealthy tissues! Unhealthy tissue does not wake uup and say: “Oh, Joy and Peace in the World!” Rather it wakes up and says, “Who told you to disturb me?!” So after the first couple of treatments you may feel ten times worse or better!
Remember, that by being patient and waiting for the rest of the week between sessions, and following some self-care advice from the physiotherapist at home, your self-healing mechanisms will be working twenty-four hours a day to restore your body to a state of wellness!
Should your pain be too severe, contact your therapist [www.integratedphysio.com] and, if necessary, use some form of pain relief such as local heat, cold or pain medication. Remember that getting adequate sleep is your best healing ally! The dormant, underlying tissue dysfunction must be woken up by facilitation for healing to occur. Once the “sleeping tigers”
of dysfunction are stimulated, the body’s self-healing process will start and usually leads to pain reduction and a return of the body to a balanced, energetic state!
Fred Samorodin, Registered Physical Therapist