In this article, the creator of the MELT Method, Sue Hitzmann, explains how you can heal when you hurt:
Pain is a construct of the mind. The brain creates the sense of pain as a way to let you know that something is wrong and the brain can’t figure out what it is. It’s trying to point out a communication error in your body so you will stop and help out. This is an amazing, protective response that the brain produces as a way to preserve life.
However, why, when there seems to be nothing wrong, do we feel pain sensations? If you haven’t bumped or bruised yourself, there’s been no accident, you haven’t fallen, you can’t seem to identify a moment in time that caused the pain you feel… why do so many people have a constant state of ache or a reoccurring pain?
It’s a frustrating state to be in, to say the least. Many people take over-the-counter ibuprofen or head to their doctor for a prescription for a pain medication to eliminate their sense of pain. But is any of it fixing the cause of why you feel pain? Just because you can mask the sense of pain, are you fixing the problem? The answer, sadly is no.
Connective tissue dehydration is the most common cause of chronic pain. What’s important to understand is, connective tissue dehydration is a common occurrence and happens to everyone, everyday, at any age. It doesn’t matter what action may have triggered the onset of pain. It could have been an accident, injury, illness, disease, or perhaps you haven’t a clue as to what initially caused the pain to arise. When a pain sensation becomes chronic, it’s connective tissue dehydration that makes a pain linger on and on.
Your sensory nerves live in the connective tissue system. This system is a three-dimensional, continuous system that begins at your skin and weaves, encompasses, and invests every structure in your body. Bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, even your brain is bathed in this fluid-based system. Repetitive postures like sitting and repetitive movements like running or throwing a ball as you train for a sport cause strain and dehydration in this fluid system. Over time, if it’s left unaddressed, this dehydration causes the sensory nerves to send messages to your brain that say, “DANGER DANGER – HELP HELP!!” and your brain responds by sending pain signals to trigger your body to pay attention and make a change.
The question is, why, when you stop sitting or training does the pain remain? The answer – connective tissue, once it’s in a dehydrated state, doesn’t easily restore globally without some intervention. You must learn how to stimulate the cells of your connective tissue system. This is what MELT does. I learned how to simulate the same light touch techniques I’ve used for years on my clients to get them out of a state of chronic pain. Developing the right tools and protocol took a lot of experimentation on my own body and those of eager clients looking to get out of my office faster and get back to active living. Years later, what started as homework for my clients has become the MELT Method.
If you are curious about how to restore the fluid state of your connective tissue, I want you to find an instructor to teach you how to do it. Or go to the MELT store and buy the book so you can begin learning how to do it to yourself. I want you to get out of pain and I want to help you do it.
If you have chronic pain and want to empower yourself to get out of pain, MELT is a simple, inexpensive, easy way to restore the fluid state of your connective tissue in just ten minutes a day. Don’t wait. Just feel better and learn how to heal your body when you hurt. I can help you help yourself feel better.