BPL4: Sacroiliac Joint Release with Karen Gabler
In this episode, Karen Gabler talks about sacroiliac joint release, melting the fascia and how all this helps chronic back pain.
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Karen’s background is hands-on therapy, she’s has been practicing and studying bodywork techniques such as zero-balancing and structural integration for over 30 years.
More recently she became certified in Fascial Fitness and went on to develop the Gabler Sustainable Body system based on her knowledge of these different disciplines.
Karen’s new book, Your Body’s Brilliant Design, A Revolutionary Approach to Relieving Chronic Pain, is out now on Kindle and in paperback.
EXCERPTS FROM THE SHOW
Sacroiliac Joint Release for Back Pain
- Most back pain is coming from a misaligned or stuck sacroiliac joint at the base of the spine and then, because the fascia is connected all the way through the spine, then that’s going to affect the low back, the mid back and the neck.
- When the sacroiliac joints are stuck, the whole body has to compensate around the stuckness. It won’t correct it, unless that joint gets unstuck, either by hands-on therapy or by multi-dimensional movement.
- is a tissue that connects every single part of your body. From head to toe. From skin to bone.
- is like a spider web….it’s like a leotard.
- creates space in the body, it creates alignment in the body and it creates the necessary lubrication and hydration.
- takes on the shape of the movement that you’re doing most of the time…because fascia encircles the muscles, it just pulls the muscles along with it. This misalignment is often the cause of chronic pain.
Advances in the Study of Fascia
- We had a mechanistic view of the body, where we broke it down into parts. What’s happening is a new paradigm.
- Ulm University in Germany is where a lot of the fascial research is being done and we are finding out that fascia has all these properties that we never even knew……………………it’s extremely resilient, it’s extremely strong, it re-hydrates through movement, it gets stuck, very de-hydrated and creates pain, soreness, inflammation.
- Myofascia is the muscle and fascia together because you can’t separate them.
Karen’s book features SI back pain exercises to help with a stuck sacroiliac joint.
- What I’ve learned is that ageing and muscle tension is not the cause of chronic pain, it’s more de-hydrated and misaligned fascia.
- What’s really cool is that the body loves to release tight fascia.
- If we go to that point where it hurts good, not too much, not too little but right on that edge where it’s a slightly pleasurable pain, that is doing the most melting of the fascia.
- The intention is that you want to melt the fascia out of those stuck, dehydrated type places and give the body a little more space to breathe and that space is what helps you feel lighter and more buoyant and more healthy.
- Movement is the only thing that rehydrates the fascia, not repetitive movement, it needs to be movement in many vectors.
Sustainable Body creator, author and therapist Karen Gabler
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