Q&A with Tom: “Stuck” fascia?

Dear Tom,
Your research and sharing has affected my life beyond measure.
In your research of the very important fascia, have you witnessed either in cadavers or while using MFR on people, that some of us seem to have more adhesive, or drier fascia than others?

My fascia can be so “stuck” that cups are resistant to sticking and certainly can’t glide. I’ve been trying to find a nutritional connection for when my fascia is more pliable and when I’m going through complex myofascial pain (or even just a small area). Hydration, yes, but there has to be something more.


Dear Sandra,
Since I cannot see or feel you, I must speak in generalities. Hydration is not just a matter of supplying clear water to the body, but getting it circulated into the stickier corners. Three bits really help:

1) Cut out sugars and other acid-producing foods. Sugar is sticky, and that’s what it does in the body. Hard to force water into sticky areas. Depending on your constitution, cheese or meat or peanuts or other allergens could be causing this stickiness. Not my area of expertise, but a good nutritionist can advise you.


2) Exercise unusually after drinking. Hydrate yourself (I presume by drinking, not by an IV, though both work). If you do the same exercise or movement routine all the time, the water will be driven down familiar pathways, and will end up in your bladder. What movements can you do that are unusual? Take a belly dance class, learn tumbling, try contact improv – but something unusual will push the water into these dry and sticky places. No exercise routine is good for more than 6 months (for this purpose, keeping a routine does serve other purposes).


3) Do SMR yourself – with a ball or a roller. Find the places that you feel are stuck or dense, and roll over them with your body weight, moving verrrry sloooowly and with awareness to get into the worst of it and open it up to hydration.

foam roller for myofascial release

4) Find a good bodyworker, osteopath, or even experienced yoga teacher who can help you find the stuck places you don’t know about. You work the ones you do know about. Other spots may be just as stuck, but not producing pain or being obviously limiting.

Julie in clinic

The very best of luck
Tom M