MELT for PERFORMANCE… Boost your competitive edge and reduce the risk of injury!
Looking to stay fit, pain-free and Improve your athletic performance?
Becoming a great athlete isn’t just about how hard you train, it’s also about how well you recover and reboot after training.
If you play a sport, or have a son or daughter who plays sports, but seems to get injured each season, heed the following. There’s a missing link in sports performance today to improved performance and a reduction in chronic pain and frequent injury… Recent science has found that that this missing link to healthy, active, pain-free living and optimizing athletic performance is a balanced nervous system and healthy, hydrated connective tissue.
Connective tissue is the 3-dimensional flexible, fluid-based scaffolding which provides support to every cell, nerve, blood vessel, organ, muscle, and bone in your body. It is the environment that your nervous system lives in. The connective tissue layers support and connect muscle cells, fibers, and bundles allowing body-wide communication to maintain optimal efficiency. When an athlete trains for a sport, repetitive movements cause stress to accumulate in the connective tissue, creating dehydration and strain in the tissue which leads to physiologic changes in the quality, and integrity of the entire connective tissue system.
Pathological changes in fascia can inhibit, irritate, and alter nerve pain receptors as they become enmeshed in fibrotic, dense tissue. Fibrotic tissues can modify the mechanical properties of deep fascia and damage the function of underlying muscles or organs. So long after you think you have healed from an injury, inside your body, it doesn’t really look that way. The end result is an increased potential for injury, poor motor patterns, neurological weakness of muscle timing and control, joint damage, sprains, stiffness, and ultimately an end to your sports career or recreational fun.
Sue Hitzmann, creator of the MELT Method, a simple Hands-Off Bodywork self treatment system, defines the issues of densification and fibrosis, so you can understand how training hard can be a very finite part of your life if you don’t care for your fascial tissue as part of your training protocol.
- Densification: this is caused by repetitive movements and postures causing an increase in density modifying the mechanical properties and performance of fascia but doesn’t necessarily alter the general structure. Densification is truly a lack of fluid flow in fascia or what we call in MELT, stuck stress. Cellular dehydration is a natural cellular process occurring to everyone, everyday, regardless of age, activity, or nutritional habits. MELT reduces this thickening and can reverse the effect if you just restore the fluid flow of this tissue daily. The good news? it takes all of 10 minutes a day to keep this tissue in a better state than training alone.
We have all felt cellular dehydration – that stiff feeling you get after sitting for long periods of time or after a long run, and about 6 hours later your joints feel like they are glued together. You are feeling the viscosity or thickness increasing, causing a low grade inflammatory effect, which ultimately causes densification. Add poor diet and overuse syndromes many athletes end up developing, and you are increasing your risk of trauma, surgery, diabetes, body fat, and accelerated aging, further altering the fibrous layers of fascia. Keep that going and you are slowly causing tissue to become fibrotic.
- Fibrosis: Repair/reactive process causing increased amounts of fibrous tissue altering the fascial structure. Scars are a great example of this. Let’s say you sprain your ankle, you say 6-8 weeks and you are healed. Think again. Although you might be able to walk without a limp, for those who have had a sprained ankle, the weeks you hobbled around, not slowing down as you should have, you also cause compensation, further causing densification of tissue in other areas. Although, yes, your ankle heals, the scar tissue can cause a breakdown in communication on the sensory level.
How MELT can help
The MELT Method is a simple self-treatment system that treats the connective tissue system and the nervous system. MELT utilizes specialized balls and soft foam rollers to re-establish balance and efficiency of the Nervous System by erasing stuck stress that accumulates in the connective tissue from the stress of daily living, repetitive activities and the aging process. A recently completed study on the effects of the MELT Method on Low Back Pain, found a significant reduction in fascial thickness, increased flexibility and stress/relaxation time in myofascia in only 4 weeks. This easy to do self-care program is the very best place to being restoring this stability system so you can play hard and feel great at the same time. Good news here, it only takes 10-20 minutes a day. If you add MELT pre-training you will find immediate improvements in control and movement, and if you MELT after, you can reduce some of the negative effects repetitive sports performance demands.
So from recreational athletes to CrossFit junkies, if you are looking to stay fit and pain-free at the same time, you need to know about MELT. Your performance depends on it.
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