There are ways to improve the quality and elasticity of the fascia directly through bodywork, stretches and targeted exercises. Among these methods one stands out, called Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) developed by a retired Chiropractor known as ‘Dr. Jake’ and popularized by Dr. Jeffrey Tucker in his West Los Angeles practice. DMS fascial therapy can provide relief from chronic back and joint pain where many other conventional methods of treatment have failed.
The fascia links the entire muscular system, not just muscle to bone, but muscle to muscle, along with the organs, tendons and ligaments. Fascia gives your muscles shape and form, and anchors them to your bones. Because fascia connects through muscles and across the whole skeleton, a pain in the shoulder could be caused by dysfunction in the opposite ankle. We often treat chronic hamstring tightness by releasing the fascial tension in the soles of the feet.
There are many more nerve endings in your fascia than there are in your muscles making fascia more sensitive to pain than your muscles. Dr. Tucker describes feeling dysfunctional or painful fascia as “leathery, tight, ropey, taut fibers, tender, short, or thick.” These dysfunctional areas cause restricted movement causing compensations while walking, running or other activities.
The best therapy for fascial dysfunction might be a combination of laser, shockwave, lymphatic decompression, DMS, stretching and other movement patterns, but the one our patients ask for the most is the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS).