Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New Frameworks and Solutions for Rehabilitation: Fascia D.N.A.

 The Fascia Therapy concept is the culmination of 7 years of active engagement and study of fascia in its may complex appearances.  It is often diffult to crystalize any specific philosophy or approach within the restrictions of the written word...however it is important to present the philosophical "skeleton" from which all of the protocols, techniques, and tools are hung.  The D.N.A. (Develop. Nourish. Activate.) approach is essentially an inclusive platform that absorbs any and all forms of therapies due to the unique nature of the target tissue:  FASCIA.  In other words, the mode of intervention is purely dependant on its ability to access the fascia and potentiate the desired effect.  Although there are specific strategies and protocols to initiate the DNA recovery process, the variability of tools and interventions that can be applied are diverse and widespread.  The following is an overview of the fundamentals of the DNA concept:


The DNA concept is fundamentally based on Nassim Nicholas Taleb's concept of ANTIFRAGILITY.  This concept essentially states that complex systems like the human body should, not only resist stressors (mechanical, environmental, chemical, etc...), but should grow stronger as a result of being exposed to them.  Therefore, in order to thrive and develop, a system needs to be more than simply resilient and robust (resists stressors but remains the same), but manifest a much more adaptive and sustainable appearance.  This development is achieved by exposing the system to micro-stresses that are significantly below their failure point.  Additionally, these micro-stresses need to be characterized by randomness and volatility...which isthe most efficient mode through which the body responds. 

What is it and what does it do?:

In essense, it is a manual therapy that uses a variety of tools to stimulation and activate the deepest and most primitive autonomous structures / systems in the body.  These structures / systems are characterized by diverse types of differentiated fascia and are found in complex sheets or layers that are found in the deep core of the trunk.  The implications of these tissues are profound because they are the engines of the self-regulating systems and have profound impact on the entire human organism.

The proper and effective stimulation of these tissues potentiates and facilitates self-healing and homeostasis and therefore provides and ideal environment for increase in rate of progress. 


The DNA philosophy is based on the concept of converging stimulus as a catalyst for diverging response. 

As the appropriate stimulus enters the core in the form of a converging stimulus and stimulates the deep primitive tissues, there will be a corresponding diverging response from BOTH the core and the periphery.  

To be precise, the approach is centralized and fundamentally based within the deep core as an initial strategy (systemic development and enhancement) and then extends to the periphery through the various and diverse interconnectivity of the fascial system.  


The systemic benefits are the most immediate due to the fact that they are more closely linked to the deep primitive "oscillation" of the body.  These benefits include:

-More competent immune system function
-Improved lymphatic drainage
-Increased interstitial fluid flow
-Improved metabolic competence
-Increased respiratory and digestive coherence

The mechanical benefits are also generally manifest quite soon, but are somewhat dependant on the systemic coherence for its maintenance.  The mechanical benefits include:

-Increased muscular relaxation and decrease muscular tension
-More efficient removal of waste and metabolic by-product
-Improved peripheral blood flow
-Improved healing rate and injury resistance
-Stronger "architectural" competence (strenghtening of joints and articulations)

In summary, the DNA concept presents an opportunity to "fertilize" the body so that it may more efficiently receive any and all therapeutic (or fitness) related interventions.  In essense, the fertilization of the soil yields the most resilient and fruitful crops. Therefore, regardless of your prefered "farming" technique there will always be positive and productive development. 

More specifics to come!


  1. Rehabilitation treatments are of great help especially when our body starts to get tired repairing itself due to aging.

    1. Hi Antoine! The aging process is most certainly a concern when formulating rehabilitative protocols. The most important thing to take away from this is that the body doesnt exactly lose the ABILITY to regulate and self-manage, rather it becomes progressively less efficient due to entropy and degenerative processes. You are very correct in saying that the older we are, the more we can benefit from some external support and help! Cheers!