The belief that painful lesions exist within the muscle and/or fascia of those with fibromyalgia remains a popular one, despite the absence of any supporting pathophysiological evidence. But, to be entirely fair, the very name of the condition suggests that such an association might indeed exist.
However, the upshot of this incorrect belief is that people with fibromyalgia are being confronted by a bewildering array of therapies, products and appliances targeted at their muscles and/or fascia.
One of the most remarkable therapeutic devices currently being advertised and marketed to them is a white plastic clawed implement known as the FasciaBlaster.
The sales pitch correctly points out that fibromyalgia is “the second most common symptom ailment that affects the muscular (sic) skeletal system next to osteoarthritis” and that people with the condition often either have to change their job or leave the workforce.
Then follows an astounding revelation: “fibromyalgia is NOT a biological abnormality in the nervous system or a physicological (sic) disorder– it’s something that is caused throughout life that triggers a TOTAL FASCIA FREAK OUT!”
But evidently there are 7 phases of this “fascia freak out” and those who are in phases 3 to 7 have real cause for concern and require treatment, which fortunately can be self-administered should they choose to purchase the said implement.
A chart has even been compiled showing the condition of the fascia at each phase, what’s happening in the body, and both the symptoms present and the respective diagnoses: https://ashleyblackguru.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Fascia-Chart.pdf
So how can fascia “freak out” and cause mischief to its owner?
According to Ashley Black, inventor of the FasciaBlaster, “Nerves flow through the fascia, and tight fascia can cause pinched nerves, tingling sensations and numbness. In addition, the nerve is what fires the muscle, so if the nerve supply is limited, muscle output is lessened.” Evidently tight fascia can also restrict joints and “choke out muscles, causing a host of orthopedic problems.” And fascia can even trap fat, causing cellulite! Such entrapment suggests a potential cosmetic role for the FasciaBlaster.
It turns out that Ashley Black believes that many illnesses of unknown origin “such as Fibromyalgia, Migraines,“itis” (sic), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, IBS, Restless Leg Syndrome, nerve pain, tender points, and many more are rooted in the fascia system”:
She even suggests her own test: “A good way to check if fascia could be part of your total body pain is to pinch your forearm or the top of your leg and pull up and away from the bone. If the skin does not pull up easily, then fascia is at least part of the problem.”
Ashley Black’s implement is claimed to be the only self-treatment tool “designed to break up fascial adhesions and restore healthy fascia.” Moreover, “with consistent use, users can expect relief from pain, tightness, and restriction as well as improved muscle performance, mobility, circulation, nerve activity, and total body function.”
A comprehensive series of self-help tutorials is readily available on her website: https://ashleyblackguru.com/tutorials-home/
For those with fibromyalgia, a short video is used to explain the treatment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsNq9TLJWmc
So who is Ashley Black?
On her website Ashley describes herself as an “inventor, best-selling AUTHOR, fasciology expert and the owner of an exploding multi-million dollar business”: https://ashleyblackguru.com/about/
Apart from having attained “guru” status, Ashley Black does not claim to have any health professional qualifications or to have performed any research to support either her idiosyncratic views on fascia (quaintly termed “fasciology”) or her claims for therapeutic success that can be achieved by those with fibromyalgia who use her implement on a regular basis.
From the above on-line information, one can only conclude that that the aphorism of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [1749-1832] still rings true: “Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.”
From: Maxims and Reflexions, I (translated by John Stuart Blackie in The Wisdom of Goethe).