Cause Sites – The Key to Unlocking Chronic Pain
It was when I began this journey twenty years ago that I learned about cause sites, and how without releasing them, your body won’t be able to get back to a healthy alignment. This is really apparent in people suffering with low back pain. Whether you have a herniated disc, sciatic issues, chronic tension causing pain . . . the way the fascia winds around the shins is a major contributor for back pain. I see this all the time when doing assessments on people. For most, the calves are hard and twisted, causing torquing to the pelvis which disrupts the biomechanics.
To get a better understanding, imagine carrying a ten pound weight around for a week. Your shoulder would begin to ache from fatigue. If you continued to carry the weight but had shoulder treatments to manage the pain, the effects of the treatment would be temporary, as the cause is the weight you are carrying. To permanently stop the shoulder from fatiguing, you would need to let go of the weight.
Let me explain.
1. Cause Sites vs Pain Sites
Fascia connects every cell in the body. In order for cells to be properly aligned, posture and diaphragmatic breathing have to be observed and practiced. Without this, cells begin to migrate away from proper alignment.
As fascia is here to protect you, one of its functions is to keep you upright. As most aren’t conscious of posture or breath, compression occurs from tissue collapsing into the space inside the body. The result is a body off balance. Fascia will grip with a 2000 pound per square inch force to attempt stability, but unfortunately, it also blocks blood and oxygen flow from cells.
It is these grips that need to be addressed to free the body and create balance and symmetry. Just like the 10 pound weight causing the shoulder pain, these grips are largely responsible for chronic pains at a distance from their location.
2. Tissue Temperature
The fascia requires a certain temperature for optimal flow of oxygen and nutrients to cells, as well as the removal of waste and toxins from cells. The diaphragm is like the body’s furnace; the upper chest muscles are like a space heater. In order for there to be flow to every cell, the furnace needs to be turned on at all times.
When fascia begins to cool, like ice compared to water it loses its flow and becomes dense and heavy. Adhesions develop between the layers and act as barriers to flow, resulting in cells that lack nutrition – this is a large reason for chronic pain.
Block Therapy teaches you to melt the blockages through increasing tissue temperature. This occurs through a combination of lying on the tool, the Block Buddy, and turning on the furnace.
3. Cellular Integration
Cellular migration occurs when cells move away from their rightful place under the influence of gravity, incorrect posture and unconscious breathing over time. The further the cell is from its home, the more pain it stores, as it is starved and dirty.
In the case of back pain, as mentioned above, one of the major cause sites are the calves. The lower legs and feet are the furthest from the engine, the diaphragm, and as a result, this is where the fascia is the most frozen. This drags and twists the body, pulling the cells into this system of collapse. Even if multiple hours are spent working on the back, as soon as you walk, your fascia will pull you back into the alignment that is held in the calves and feet.
The reason Block Therapy is successful in chronic pain relief is because we address the cause sites to allow cells to migrate back to their rightful position.
This is the key to releasing years of chronic pain, no matter where in the body pain is felt.
Most people aren’t consciously aware of their posture - especially now with our dependency on technology. Without proper postural foundations, the body falls into its internal space causing compression and ballooning as well as cellular migration away from proper alignment.
We are like a building and require solid foundations to support our cells. Without this awareness, cells migrate away from their natural resting place and become cold, hard and dense.
Block Therapy teaches you how to integrate the 3 main foundations:
This ensures your fascia is relaxed, fluid and flexible to support proper body mechanics and remove the reason for the pain.
"This picture is the best gift from Deanna Hansen to me & my family , lovely Deanna, I was not able to lift my right hand or hold my kids between my arms. Deanna we didn’t meet, but bear in mind that my internal tissues meet you at every single second of their life.
Breathe & Believe"
5. Digestion & Detoxification
Keeping your internal space available allows for the most efficient digestion, absorption and removal of waste. The more space we can provide within, the more room there is for flow; both in and out.
If you are in chronic pain, part of the reason is your cells aren’t getting the nutrients they need to thrive. Practicing diaphragmatic breathing creates an internal massage within your abdominal organs causing your internal temperature to increase. Each organ needs to be at a proper temperature for optimal digestion, absorption of nutrients and elimination. Toxic cells expand, partly from inflammation. This creates stagnancy and pressure inside, which will cause pain.
Block Therapy focuses on keeping the fascia heated, clean and fluid so all cells can perform on your behalf. Happy cells equal a happy self!
Now that you have a more comprehensive understanding of your fascia system as it relates to chronic pain, you have the knowledge for a new approach. You no longer have to live life with the pain being a distraction.
With this program you will gain:
We are here to make it really easy for you.
The fascia system connects you from head to toe. Ultimately, you need to address the entire system. With our Starter Package we have designed this program to target the full body in an easy to follow 9 day program, which you have life long.
Once you have completed the program, you can start your complimentary 14 day trial to our Block Therapy Membership where all content is stored. Take advantage of the 21 Day Shoulder, Arms and Hand Program, the 21 Day Head, Neck and Face Program, or the 21 Day Pelvis, Legs and Feet Program to get to the root of your issues and unlock the cause sites to your pain.
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The Block Therapy Starter Package
Your login to Block Therapy Central, which includes:
As well as:
Introductory and Explanatory Videos
This section welcomes you and gets you started with the fundamentals and rules of Block Therapy.
9 Day Full Body Fascia Program
This 9 day introductory program is an ideal start to your Block Therapy practice. We share 9 different classes targeting the entire body with different durations.
Introductory Positions & Descriptions
This section shares pictures and descriptions of all the positions in the extended classes. This is a great way to do specific positions targeting whichever area of your body. Many people like to create their own program based on their needs and desires.
Plus a 14 Day Block Therapy Membership Trial
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When you have completed your 9 Day Full Body Fascia Program, you can then start your 14 Day Block Therapy Membership Trial. This is the library of all of Block Therapy's content organized so you can follow classes and programs to continually deepen and improve your Block Therapy practice.
One of the rules we instruct with Block Therapy is that you are always in control of your pain while on the Block. Your breath in your guide.
This means you can gauge how much pressure and pain you want to seek in your body to most effectively release the restrictions in your fascia.
We know you are going to enjoy this simple, efficient and empowering program.
Give your cells, and yourself the best gift of all - health!
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Some things you may ponder...
+ "But it's just a piece of wood..."
We hear this all the time... and ultimately you're right, it is made from wood!
+ How is Block Therapy different than any other fascia modalities?
It all comes down to persuasion vs force.
Block Therapy persuades your tissue to melt and release. Your bodyweight and gravity with the pressure on the Block combined with proper diaphragmatic breathing causes the fascia to release.
There are other fascia methods that are popular that come from a forceful intension. By doing so, you are tearing the fascia which creates injury. This ultimately will result in the build up of scar tissue.
There are 3 things you need to do to make change in your body:
Adhesions in fascia block blood and oxygen flow to cells. For cells to be healthy they need to be properly fed and clean. Melting adhesions and creating space improve circulation and gives what they require to function optimally.
Oxygen is the #1 nutrient cells require to thrive. Education of proper diaphragmatic breathing (most notably the exhalation phase) is crucial in order to ensure each and every one of your 100 trillion cells are fed and clean.
Incorrect posture is a key factor in the development of the adhesions that block blood and oxygen flow to cells. Strengthening proper foundation to support the body maintains the necessary space.
+ What if I am unable to exercise?
Block Therapy does not require any skill or much energy expenditure. You are always in full control while you are doing Block Therapy. We instruct you how to use the Block safely - as one of ours rules is "your breath is your guide". A great feature with Block Therapy is that you will not sweat... unless that is your intention.
Block Therapy is a therapy, exercise and meditation all in one.
+ Is this a home program?
The beautiful thing with Block Therapy is that you can practice wherever and whenever you would like. This practice does not require a gym, studio or clinic to attend.
You can do this in the most comfortable areas at your home or ramp this up and perform in a studio. This is up to you.
We want to make sure all people can do Block Therapy... even if you are bed ridden. You can bring the Block with you wherever you go.
Travel frequently? No issue. You can bring your personal therapist - your Block Buddy with you anywhere you go - even on a plane.
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