Why are soft tissue injuries so painful?
Soft tissue injuries are painful because the connective tissue is where the sensory nerve endings live. In this Ask the Experts video, fitness expert Sue Hitzmann, MS/CST/NMT, shares the recovery MELT Method.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Daily living causes this repetitive stress and strain on the tissue, which also irritates sensory nerve
endings. And that can signal a lot of pain.
Soft tissue injuries are so painful. And it's painful because the supportive quality
of connective tissue is where the sensory nerve endings live in. And daily living causes this repetitive stress and strain
on the tissue, which also irritates sensory nerve endings. And that can signal a lot of pain. So you can't stretch your way out of it
or exercise your way out of that stiffness. You need to learn how to restore the fluid state of your connective tissue, get the collagen back
into a nice, stable, sliding surface so that you alleviate all of the tension and pull on the tissue
so that it doesn't irritate or damage your nerve endings. Well, my quick tip is everybody should try to melt. You want to create gentle tension
or compression on this tissue in local regions and then try to rinse it through the body. So these are really simple, subtle compression techniques
that you can apply to yourself daily to alleviate some of that common tension in the tissue and juice it back up. Think of it like working fluid into a sponge.
You have to take your time to get the fluid into all of the sponge through this nice, gentle compression technique. And that's what melt is all about.
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