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It’s been a long time since I’ve written about the fasciablaster and faceblaster. That’s in part because I’ve been doing a bit of an experiment. I quit doing my full routine of fasciablasting to see what would happen.
In the spirit of full disclosure, my experiment began with a lack of time and energy. I was working and having a great deal of difficulty getting full blasting sessions in. Soon, I was only blasting my head and neck every couple of weeks and doing spot touches on my hands whenever they began to act up. I worried a lot about the old aches and pains coming back, but so far, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that’s not been the case at all.
I was always under the impression that with my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, I would probably always need to blast all over to get the relief I had started enjoying from blasting and that seemed to be the general consensus in my blasting group. However, after 8 months of doing little more than touch ups, I haven’t been able to make myself return to doing a regular blasting routine. That’s because it simply hasn’t been necessary. The constant pain and other symptoms I experienced before I began blasting are gone and for the most part, it hasn’t come back. My neck is in the best shape it’s been in for decades. My head pain is at an all time low. My joints, while still subluxing frequently during MCAS flares, rarely ever cause me problems the remainder of the time, and my fibromyalgia seems to be all but non-existent.
Of course there are exceptions to every rule. I still develop tension headaches if I don’t do my head and jaw area on occasion, so I do it a couple of times a month. My hands also begin to get sore and cramp up if I don’t do those every month or so. Still this is a far cry from the daily treatments I was doing on both of these areas, and I look at it like this; if there’s a mechanical problem causing the fascia to pull some of the load, then you’re going to have problems with fascia. Obviously, I have problems in these areas (occipital neuralgia, TMJD and carpal tunnel to be exact).
The faceblaster also works great when healing injuries, so I do plenty of that. I’ve used it to treat a myofascial adhesion I developed from a round of tendonitis in my elbow. It works great to help alleviate some myofascial aggravation from subluxations, which is coming in very handy during my MCAS flare. So, while I was once using it to strip away years of damage accumulated in my fascia, I’m now using it to prevent that build up from happening again and keeping the fascia in good working order. It doesn’t require that I do it all the time or that I even do a full body treatment, just that I do the area of contention and whatever structures that are closely related to it. I occasionally pull out the full-sized blaster if I’ve overdone it in therapy, as it works great to get some of the soreness out of my muscles and helps me to stretch.
I wanted to share this information in case there are those who have been putting off trying it for fear that it will become a lifetime wellness commitment or fear that it might make things worse somewhere down the line. I didn’t really mean to test this theory starting out, but it’s useful knowledge nonetheless. Be forewarned though, if your fascia is in bad shape to begin with it can take time and energy to get them in decent shape before you can hit this maintenance phase and be successful with it. I worked hard for over a year and a half to get mine in good working order. Once that work was done, I was able to relax about it and concentrate on other aspects of my wellness, mostly using the faceblaster as a tool for prevention rather than one of active healing.
On reflecting over my methods of the last eight months, I’ve come to think of it as the “maintenance phase.” How do you know when you’re ready for the maintenance phase? I would say that you’re ready when you’re no longer experiencing persistent symptoms and can easily take at least a month long break from blasting without experiencing any negative side effects from doing so. I realize now that it had been losing priority for me for a while and I probably should have seen that as a sign that I needed to adjust how often I was blasting, as I always recommend allowing your symptoms to guide your blasting practice. This can sometimes be tricky when dealing with illness that flare, so understanding your baseline outside of flares is key.
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