I was able to experience the Fascianator last week with Anthony Chrisco and it was awesome! He helped to educate and teach us about how to take care of our fascia as well as shared information with us so we can better understand our bodies. I hope that everyone can gain some valuable knowledge from his blog….especially those living with an autoimmune disease. He will be at the conference on May 5 to educate and teach his class……
The inflammatory response is a necessary function for humans. Inflammation initiates the body’s natural healing process. Whether you have poor posture, sustained repetitive motion at work or during exercise, gingivitis, hay fever, food allergies, a paper cut, sunburn, a burned tongue from biting into home-baked pizza before allowing the cheese to cool off, the immune response is on duty and creating a cascade of events to keep you comfortable all day, everyday. Think about all of the possible inflammatory events currently going on in your body. Now add some chronic psychological stress that scientists have determined which mechanisms involved are in our depressed immune function due to mental stress. (PNAS April 17, 2012. 109 (16) 5995-5999; https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1118355109). Now add sub-optimal nutrition (not enough nutrients and anti-oxidants from “rainbow food” aka green, purple, red, yellow, orange vegetables; too much processed food; too much sugar; chemically tainted food). Is it any wonder why sometimes even with enough sleep your bodies and/or minds are still sluggish? Can you see why folks in tip top shape or those relatively healthy are suddenly struck by appendicitis, adrenal dysfunction, or some ailment classified as an autoimmune disorder?
What are you doing to control inflammation? You can cut consumption of food components claimed to be common allergens and toxins. You can improve elimination of allergens and toxins, including the toxic waste products that your cells generate everyday from performing vital functions. Although you may not see symptoms of inflammation, enough bioaccumulation of allergens/toxins can eventually catch up with you and critically compromise your illness-fighting immune and lymphatic systems.
How do you improve elimination? Improve physical activity, hydration, nutrient uptake, have regular urination and bowel movements, and sweat more. These housekeeping elements affect inflammation and the balance and flow of our bodies, which are always in a state of change or flux. Fascia, the largest organ system of the body comprised of cells, water, and sticky proteins is intimately involved with lymphatic flow and immune regulation.
Scientific literature published in 2010 and beyond purports that physical movement techniques (exercise, stretching, massage) affect fascial tension and can regulate the immune response. Fascia is connective tissue not only underneath the skin but pervades the entire body. Fascia binds and is between tissues of the nervous, digestive, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, and endocrine systems. Fascia’s binding element is a water, molecular, and protein matrix. Hydrated fascia is healthy and promotes flow. Fibroblasts, the main cell type of fascia are dynamic. They can morph into cellular sub-types in response to tissue tension and inflammation. Fibroblasts use protein signaling mechanisms to regulate the immune/inflammatory response. In disease states, the inflammatory response is dysregulated causing a physical change, obstruction, fibrosis or scarring in the local area, all affecting the balance and flow state, sometimes systemically. These changes can cause the downward spiral of hormonal dysfunction and autoimmunity issues.
While there are many modes of fascial care, we find that The Fascianation Method™ of self-massage renders you better balanced, healthy and happy everyday!
Come and join Anthony Chrisco on May 5, 2018 at the Sjögren’s and Lupus Health and Wellness Conference…
START EACH DAY WITH A GRATEFUL HEART!
Please remember everyone’s body is different and unique. Always discuss any areas of concern about your autoimmune disease with your doctor.
Hugs to all…..You can do it!
Don’t be afraid of failure. If you never try, you will never succeed.
For more information and to register for the Conference please visit slfhawaii.org