Watch this amazing documentary on the Fascial Net Plastination Project and Anthony's sojourn to work with the top fascia and anatomy experts in the whole world!
LOWER LEG ANATOMY
First, let's briefly look at lower leg anatomy. There's a lot going on down there. Posteriorly, the lower leg is comprised of two muscles collectively called the calves. The gastrocnemius is the two-headed calf muscle on the surface. The soleus is the deeper muscle. The gastrocnemius originates above the knee and the soleus originates below the knee. Both muscles attach into the Achilles tendon, which attaches to the heel bone and then becomes the plantar fascia at the bottom of the foot. The fibularis muscle group are lateral to the knee. The tibialis anterior and tibialis posterior are arranged in front and in back of the tibia. Deeper under or in between those muscles are our nutrition, waste, and electrical conduits: arteries, veins, lymphatic vessels, and nerves.
FASCIA, TISSUE ISSUES, HEART FAILURE
The calves are known as the human body's second heart or peripheral heart because the contraction and relaxation of the calves force the blood of the lower leg veins back up towards the heart. If lower leg fascia (the connective tissue that lines and connects our muscles, arteries, veins, nerves, and even bones) is tight, such soft tissue strangulation can cause blood and fluid accumulation (edema) in the lower leg, commonly seen as a purple and/or shiny, puffy leg. We believe that tight fascia of the lower leg is contributory or is likely the root of a variety of lower extremity tissue issues such as blood clots in the legs, compartment syndrome, varicose veins, leg and toe cramps, shin splints, tarsal tunnel syndrome, diabetic foot, plantar fasciitis, hammer toes, and bone spurs. Tight lower leg fascia can even contribute to heart failure as blood accumulated in the lower leg isn't being recirculated efficiently.
IS YOUR ROLLER HEART PROTECTIVE?
Now that you know you have two accessory hearts to protect your primary heart, wouldn't that alone make you want to roll? Choose a roller that is heart protective. Rolling with a foam roller (yes, even the "rigid" black foam roller at your gym) does not effectively target the vessels underneath and in between the muscles of the calves. How much pressure is needed to get the blood efficiently flowing? Ever done CPR (which is basically cardiac massage)? The chest compressions required for adult CPR are hard and deep (even after the rib cage is broken) to penetrate the chest muscles and get to the heart. The pressure applied to the calves should also be hard to relieve deep tension of the lower leg that might be affecting blood flow back up to the heart. The Fascianator was designed to penetrate the layers of muscle to relax the deep fascia.
Relaxation of the tension around the nerve of the lower leg can alleviate neuropathy (numbness and tingling in the leg and foot). If lower leg problems are present, wouldn't it be nice to be able to feel the symptomatic aches and pains that are flags for serious danger disappear after using the Fascianator? Don't wait until you are told that you have congestive heart failure or need an amputation. Manage your fascia and you will manage to keep your lower leg, foot, and toes!
Join me as I present the latest research from my trip to the first Joint Conference on Fascia, Cancer and Acupuncture!
Where: Down to Earth, 2525 King St. ,3rd Floor.
When: January 30, 2016
Dry Fascia Is Where Cancer Cells Embed Themselves - By Anthony Chrisco, Founding Member Of The Fascia Research Society
This is my latest blog since I have returned from Harvard Medical School where I attended the first ever, Joint Conference on Fascia, Cancer and Acupuncture.
What did I learn?
I learned that cancer cells embed themselves in the stiff and dry parts of our fascia. It is in these pockets of stiffness that the cancer cells grow and proliferate. The end result is the growth of cancerous tumors in the body. Specifically in areas like our pelvis and thorax. I also learned how consistent rolling, yoga, massage and any other form of movement helps our lymphatic system shuttle our cellular waste so can be filtered out and eliminated. I will be writing new lectures based on this information to educate the masses of people who are simply not AWARE of the ramifications of having a toxic lymphatic system.
Here are a few facts about your lymphatic system.
Recent animal studies have shown an increase in lymphatic flow of up to 419% when lymphatic massage treatment was performed. In the studies, flow meters were implanted at the thoracic and mesenteric ducts of the lymphatic system. This was how they measured how much lymphatic fluid was flowing during various activities including treadmill walking and lymphatic massage treatments.
The Fascianation Method has been teaching people how to roll their intestinal space as well as all the other areas of the body where there are lymphnodes like the inner thigh, underarm and neck.
As you can see, the relationship between rolling your fascia and keeping inflammation at bay is clear!
More to come!
by Anthony Chrisco
Here's a great testimonial demonstrating the benefits of The Fascianation Method versus a surgical solution for your musculoskeletal pain or dysfuntion.
June 30, 2014
Huge props to the Fascianator and the Fascianation Method!
It was not until my mid 20's that I decided I wanted to start working out. Being an overweight kid, I was ready to make a change. I hired numerous personal trainers and later was able to lose over 50 pounds. I was on a roll; I felt good and was thrilled with my progress. But ever since beginning to work out, it was also the start of all my aches and pain. No pain, no gain was my thought process. I would work out even when I was hurting badly thinking that I could push through it. Just ice it up and the next day I would be okay to work out again. One part of my body would get injured, I would heal up, and then another part would start to hurt. I felt like a old beat up car: fix one piece and then something else begins to break (hurt).
Now in my early 30's I can't imagine beginning previously diagnosed with ulnar nerve entrapment, tendinitis of the toe capsule, trochanter bursitis, patellar and hip flexor tendinitis, or Morton's neuroma, to name a few of many injuries that I've had. A podiatrist even convinced me that if I fixed the juvenile bunions on my feet, all my lower leg injuries/pain would go away. Was that a mistake or what?! Believing that foot surgery would be a cure all for my problems, I did it, but now have a titanium plate and three screws around my big toe (now super stiff). There is pain when I put excessive pressure on my big toe such as with lunges, doing push-ups on my toes, or while running.
A year after that, I got into a car accident. I had whiplash that kept me in physical therapy for months. At first I thought it was only a low back strain so I continued to work out. I ended up having a herniated disc that left me with stabbing and shooting pains from my buttocks down to my toes. I decided on low back surgery: a laminectomy and microdiscectomy. The surgery at first was a success until last year when the pain returned. Even after healing up from that first accident, a couple months later another vehicle rear-ended me again leaving me with burning and tingling sensations travelling down one arm.
I went through seeing multiple providers at a time: chiropractors, physiatrists, an osteopath, MDs, physical therapists but no one could totally resolve my pain issues. I was given large doses of ibuprofen and neurontin to mask the pain then sent to another provider. One provider told me that my muscles were overly tight but even regular massage, stretching, and using a foam roller almost daily could not get rid of it.
Earlier this year, I saw a posting for a new class at the gym called the "Fascianator". With my curious mind and desire to try anything, I went to the first class. Fascia...I didn't learn about that in anatomy and physiology class in college. At first, I was skeptical. If my black foam roller didn't do the trick, how would the Fascianator work any better? And it was merely a pipe with a carpet cover. After going to class regularly and testing out the Fascianator while at the gym, I was amazed at the progress with my body that I bought my own less than a month later. After each time, my body felt looser and more flexible, no comparison from when I used the foam roller. While it may also be attributed to Anthony's expertise, I find myself having more awareness of my body. Just a couple of days away from the Fascianator, my muscles tighten up and I begin to ache even more.
As a RN who stands for long periods of time, the Fascianator and Fascianation method has helped me loosen up my tired legs thus reducing my lower back pain, increased the mobility in my big toe, and relaxed my extremely tight neck muscles so that I can fall asleep easier at night, not to name countless other benefits. I'm slowly reducing my dosages for my pain pills, that hopefully soon I will be completely off of them. For chronic pain sufferers and skeptics out there, believe me the Fascianator and Fascianation Method is nothing to miss out on. Definitely try it out and imagine feeling better. Thank you Anthony, the Fascianator, and the Fascianation Method. It is so amazing!