Dr Oz: What is Fascia?
Have you had back pain but you cannot identify the source? Doctor Oz said there is a web of fibrous tissue, like a spiderweb, beneath the skin, and he invited an Assistant of the Day to help him explain what was going on.
Jenny from the Jersey Shore joined Dr Oz onstage, and she said she sometimes has back pain. She takes an over the counter medication or works out. But Dr Oz said that the Fascia could be your problem, even though doctors don’t often examine it because they can’t see it on tests.
Dr Oz: Fascia Causes Body Pain
Beneath the skin and a layer of fat is Fascia, which is also found between your muscles. Think about the areas where you might be massaged, and that is where the Fascia probably is. Jenny’s friend, Mary Beth, got to join in the fun and help Dr Oz strap Jenny into a girdle.
“The Fascia is the connective tissue that holds everything together. It’s the casing around the hot dog of the body,” Dr Oz said. It can pull too hard when it is injured, which is what leads to symptoms you may be familiar with.
If you don’t exercise, you might experience more pain. For those with poor posture, this can also affect your Fascia. Chronic Stress from ongoing drama can also pull tight on your body, preventing you from having the flexibility and range of motion you want.
Dr Oz: Epsom Salt Bath for Fascia
You can prevent problems with Fascia using some basic ideas from Dr Oz. Drink lots of water, because it is important to stay hydrated. Try taking a warm Epsom Salt bath. Soak 15-20 minutes to relax the Fascia and muscles.
Dr Oz: Foam Roller Back Pain Workout
We are used to stretching for our muscles. But Dr Oz said there are different stretches you can do for your Fascia, which needs to be stretched for at least a few minutes to become pliable.
Lie on your back and put a Foam Roller behind your neck. Arch your back into the air and roll your body over the roller. If you find a tender spot, stop there and relax.