published November 20th, 2016
“More Mental Floss for the Myofascial Release Brain: Changing Your Story”
By Walter Fritz
[Though fascial massage can feel like the most effective treatment for many people, there are a few different hypotheses about how it actually works — and sometimes conflicting evidence for each. -Jonah W.]
What if I asked you to strip away the story you tell when describing your modality? Could you describe the actions of your hands without the jargon inherent in the story of your modality? It might be pretty hard to do, as it may be hard to separate actual plausible science, anatomy, and physiology from what you were taught as the science that supports the work you use. You have to use something that sounds science-like, but what if you had to change your story? Could you do it and would you even wish to try? You would need something to explain your work, though my explanation seems to get simpler by the year.
Changing one’s story is often viewed as shifty or even indecisive, as if you cannot decide or are trying to cover up something. I disagree. I’ve written extensively about how I moved from a narrative (story) of myofascial release in the traditional, folkloric sense, which credits so-called fascial restrictions as being the cause of most pain as well as the key to the remediation of pain, into a story of simplicity and plausibility. Apparently my story was so compelling it garnered a request to tell it earlier this year at the RMTs of British Columbia Manual Therapy 2016 Conference. The story I now tell and teach is a simple one, one deconstructed from the stories of fascial fantasies. But as a therapist (PT) with over 30 years in practice, I’ve heard literally hundreds of stories on how we are creating change in the body, as well as the cautions as to what will happen if we do not follow the recipe set forth in that line of training’s rulebook.
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