Ashley Black talks about Fascia & Blood Flow

Ashley Black talks about Fascia & Blood Flow

Blood vessels originate at the heart and run all throughout your body transporting vital nutrients and oxygen and purifying your cells. Every single blood vessel is encased in a protective, gelatin-like sheath called fascia.

During a 90-day study that tested the effects of the FasciaBlaster®, ultrasound imaging showed the fascia tissue smoothing out and restoring from the skin layer down to the femur bone. Even an untrained eye can see how the “white tissue” was entangled and distorted in the “before” picture, then smoothed out after only 90 days. Since the fascial system houses and encases the blood vessels, you can imagine the impact healthy fascia can have on blood flow.

The FasciaBlaster is a self-use tool designed to release adhesions in the fascia which helps reduce soft tissue pain and improve blood flow, muscle performance, nerve function, and flexibility.

Although fascia has many names and functions, it’s recognized as the body’s largest and most significant organ system. It envelops every single muscle, organ, vessel, joint, and system in your body all the way down to your microscopic cells. Fascia is simultaneously the connective tissue that holds everything in place and protects it from trauma, the communication system that transports nerve and sensory signals, and the fluid system that houses all our body’s fluid. Learn more about the types of fascia here.

How does blood flow work?

The human circulatory system is vital to your health and daily function. Arteries run from your heart to your extremities, carrying oxygenated blood to every limb and fingertip. Capillaries are the intricate connective system that link the arteries to the veins and allow for the exchange of blood cells. The veins then transport the blood from your extremities back up to your heart where it can be filtered, oxygenated, purified, and then redistributed throughout your body.

Your circulatory system acts as your body’s purification system, and your heart is the central pump that keeps it all moving. If you have poor blood flow, lack of regular movement, or are dehydrated, your circulatory system will suffer, and you’ll have a less effective means of transporting nutrients to your cells and carrying out waste and toxic build up.

What can cause poor blood flow?

    - Unhealthy fascia

When the fascia tissue that encases every blood vessel becomes tense, brittle, or unhealthy, it can clamp down and compress the vessels like a kink in a garden hose. Anything that inhibits the blood flow can cause strain on the valves within the veins that can slow down the “pump system,” blocking the passageways and hindering the transportation of blood and nutrients.

    - Lack of movement

Poor blood flow is common in sedentary individuals since lack of regular movement can slow the heart’s “pump,” causing the blood to flow less freely.

    - Lack of nutrients

Lack of proper hydration and nutrition can inhibit the transport and purification of fluid and blood cells.

    - Poor health

Preexisting health conditions, medications, and obesity can affect the quality of your blood and purification system, thin the blood, and inhibit healthy blood flow.

What are some symptoms of poor blood flow?

    - Decreased energy

When your organs aren’t getting the oxygen and nutrients they need, their performance can be affected, and your body will have to allocate its resources to compensate for the lack of sustenance.  

    - Decreased muscle performance

Proper blood flow is imperative for muscle contraction, conditioning, performance, and recovery. Without sufficient blood flow to the muscles, you won’t be able to “pump” nutrients and oxygen to them, which will decrease your muscle’s ability to condition and perform.

    - Decreased brain performance

Your brain requires adequate blood flow for proper function, and even the slightest decrease of blood flow can impact your brain energy, function, and cognitive performance.

    - Poor skin health

Blood carries oxygen and nutrients and helps improve collagen and elastin production – all of which are crucial for healthy, glowing skin and anti-aging.

    - A sluggish metabolism

If your circulatory and lymph systems are backed up or under stimulated, the fluid can become stagnant and the flow will slow down. This can result in a slow metabolic rate, and you’ll have a harder time burning calories and fat for energy.

    - Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

DVT is caused by a blood clot that forms due to poor circulation. Symptoms may include swelling, redness, or an area that’s hot-to-the-touch. DVTs are most commonly formed in the legs of overweight individuals, and will usually dissolve without becoming harmful. In rare cases if the clot is dislodged, it can become fatal.

DO NOT USE the FasciaBlaster products if you have a history of or may have blood clots (DVT). See our terms and conditions.

  - Spider and Varicose Veins

In some cases, trapped blood flow can cause the veins to swell. Like a kinked garden hose, if there is compression in any area it can cause other areas to surge.

Some users have reported improvement in the appearance of their spider veins after using the FasciaBlaster, and although we don’t have official studies, we can theorize that improving blood flow by relieving fascial tension placed on the blood vessels can allow for better function and may reduce the appearance of spider veins over time. Other users have reported no change, and in some cases, some have seen a surge of blood flow that causes veins to temporarily darken. We’ve also received reports of increased or new spider veins, and although we’re excited to see more blood flow, you’ll need to make the personal choice between the aesthetic appearance and healthy fascia and blood flow.

Here are some examples from our users:

* Please Note * If you have spider veins or circulatory issues, please use the FasciaBlaster at your own risk. After getting clearance from your trusted specialist, we recommend starting with a test patch to see how your body reacts, and focusing on light, full body FasciaBlasting. DO NOT FasciaBlast over any raised veins, or if you have recently, are currently, or will be taking blood thinners, or if you have a history of or may have blood clots or DVT. See our terms and conditions.

What can I do to improve my blood flow?

    - Daily movement

Whether it’s a few minutes of walking, stretching, swimming, or other cardiovascular activities, daily movement is imperative for keeping your central pump in working order. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week of moderate exercise to improve overall cardiovascular health.

    - Fascia care

By loosening the tight soft tissue and releasing tension and adhesions in the fascia with the FasciaBlaster tools, you can help to decompress the blood vessels, muscles, nerves, joints, and tissues for optimal function. The fascia will be better able to protect and support the blood vessels as they carry nutrients and oxygen all throughout the body without being impaired. Here’s how to use the FasciaBlaster.

    - Hydration and nutrition

A healthy diet that promotes cellular health, brain energy, hydration, and increased performance is essential for healthy blood flow.

    - Healthy lifestyle

Your daily habits can make or break your short and long-term health and performance. Making even the slightest lifestyle adjustment can help support your circulatory system, resulting in a healthier, more pain-free you! Proper sleep, exercise, nutrition, stress reduction, and fascia care are some simple lifestyle habits you can incorporate.

Blood Flow FAQs:

Why is my skin not turning red when I FasciaBlast?

If you have poor circulation, your blood flow may have a hard time getting to the surface, which may be why you don’t see your skin turning red during FasciaBlasting. We recommended light, brisk FasciaBlasting to help release the fascial tension and bring blood flow to the surface.

Why is my skin splotchy (red and white) after FasciaBlasting?

If your fascia tissue is adhesed, it can compress the blood vessels and prevent proper blood flow. A temporary splotchy appearance after FasciaBlasting can be an indicator that the blood flow is trapped or compressed in those areas, so some spots in the tissue stay “white.” We recommend FasciaBlasting and flushing the entire extremity to release the adhesions and increase blood flow to the area.

How long will it take for my skin to turn red when I'm FasciaBlasting?

This can depend on a lot of factors such as the health and quality of your fascia tissue, lifestyle habits, health history, nutrition, hydration, and how long you've been FasciaBlasting. If you've heated and aren't turning red while FasciaBlasting, this could be a sign that the tissue is tightly bound and needs to be gradually released with consistent FasciaBlasting, flushing, and stretching.

Can I still FasciaBlast after I turn red and hot?

If you’re new to FasciaBlasting, we recommend starting with just a few minutes of light FasciaBlasting in each area to help you ease into treatment and allow the tissue to adapt to the remodeling. If you’ve been FasciaBlasting consistently for a few months or more, your tissue may be able to tolerate longer sessions. Be sure to go at your own pace and monitor your recovery process to ensure you don’t overdo it.

Will I get results if I am not turning red?

If your fascia tissue is compressed and blood flow isn’t getting to the surface, it may take some time to improve your blood flow as you work to restore the fascia. Results can happen overtime and with consistent FasciaBlasting and healthy living, so have patience and continue following these FasciaBlaster best practices.

I use to turn red while FasciaBlasting, and now I am not. Why does that happen?

The fascia system needs consistent maintenance to remain healthy. If your fascia was healthy and then recoiled, you may need to loosen it up to restore blood flow to the area. Follow the steps in this article to help improve blood flow and restore your fascia!

My body turns red everywhere while FasciaBlasting except my abdominal region. Why?

Redness during FasciaBlasting is likely due to increased blood flow to the area. If there is a particular area (like your abdominal region) where you’re not turning red, that usually means there is more tight, bound fascia tissue restricting the area and inhibiting blood flow. You should continue lightly FasciaBlasting all around and over the area, and you’ll soon notice more redness as your blood flow improves over time.

Why do I sometimes itch after FasciaBlasting?

If you experience some minor itching after FasciaBlasting, it can be due to improved nerve sensations and blood flow. It’s totally normal, and this sensation shouldn’t last long after your session. As you continue restoring the fascia, it should subside. You can also do some light flushing or massage to help alleviate the itching.

If I take aspirin or blood thinners, can I still FasciaBlast?

Using the FasciaBlaster is contraindicated for anyone who has blood clots or is on anticoagulants or blood thinners, so please discuss all medications with your trusted healthcare provider prior to FasciaBlasting and get their approval for myofascial treatment to be sure it’s safe for you. See our terms and conditions.

Summary:

Poor circulation can affect your health, performance, and function. By using the FasciaBlaster and making some simple lifestyle changes, you can help improve your blood flow and overall health and vitality.

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