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Made of firm, flexible collagen, fascia forms a complex system of connective tissue throughout the entire body, including the skin, muscles, organs and skeleton. It provides support, maintains the general structure of the body, and allows for the smooth movement of various tissues and organs. It’s comprised of four main layers:
- Superficial fascia: just beneath the skin, this layer includes some muscle fibers.
- Visceral fascia: surrounds various organs, including the heart, lungs and stomach.
- Parietal fascia: lines certain body cavities, such as the pelvis.
- Deep fascia: includes blood vessels, nerves, muscles and bones.
Your Fascia System
Often mistaken for joint or muscle pain, fascia pain carries a unique distinction — it’s alleviated by movement and heat, whereas joint and muscle pain often get worse the more you move.
Common types of fascia pain include myofascial pain (repeated motion of the same muscle or muscles) and plantar fasciitis (intense heel pain caused by walking after a long duration of sitting). However, fascia also plays an important role in chronic pain. Given that it’s found throughout the body — including around our nerve endings — and is susceptible to damage via things like inactivity, bad posture, repetitive movement and various other circumstances, it’s no wonder it’s the cause of some of the most common chronic pain complaints among patients.
Now for some good news/bad news. The good news is that fascia can heal itself. The bad news? It doesn’t heal exactly as it should, instead forming knots and clumps called fascial adhesions. These adhesions can trap nerves, muscle fibers and other tissues, causing a wide spectrum of additional chronic pain. Resolving or eliminating chronic fascia pain can be accomplished in a number of ways, including walking/light exercise, massage, acupuncture, and most recently, LED Light Therapy.
How LED Light Therapy Can Help
Remember the plantar fasciitis mentioned earlier? Well, there’s a chronic variant that’s proven quite difficult to treat. But as this 2014 study (Jastifer et al., 2014) shows, Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT, another common name for Light Therapy) proved to be a promising treatment, even twelve months post-treatment — accomplished with only six treatments spread across three weeks.
And as more research is conducted on the nature of fibromyalgia, clinical articles like this one (Liptan, 2010) posit that inflammation of the fascia is a major contributing factor, and results like this meta-analysis (Yeh et al., 2019) show that Light Therapy relieves everything from pain to the number of tender points and even fatigue.
Lastly, and by far the most common fascia-related pain, is myofascial pain, which involves the connective tissue between muscles, typically accompanied by muscle knots known as trigger points. Chronic cases are referred to as Myofascial Pain Syndrome or Chronic Myofascial Pain. This 2003 study (Hakgüder et al., 2003) found significant improvement using a combination of LLLT and stretching exercises, highlighting Light Therapy’s efficacy as an effective adjunct treatment.
How the Visum Light Can Help
As research continues to shed light on the latest treatment parameters — and even entirely new conditions and ailments — that can benefit from Light Therapy, only one handheld LED light therapy device was designed to keep pace with all the new discoveries: the patent-pending Visum Light.
With a number of color combinations and operating modes, you can customize therapies from one use to the next with the press of a few buttons. From chronic fascia pain to skin conditions, open wounds to circulation issues and so much more, you no longer need multiple light devices to treat specific symptoms. And with the ability to choose pre-programmed patterns or manually set the Nogier Frequencies, color combinations and therapy durations yourself, you have complete control — all in a streamlined, easy-to-use interface.
The Visum Light’s non-invasive, non-thermal application and nearly nonexistent side effects, combined with its ability to significantly improve quality of life, make it the only comprehensive low-level LED light therapy device you’ll ever need.
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Hakgüder, A., Birtane, M., Gürcan, S., Kokino, S., & Turan, F. N. (2003). Efficacy of low level laser therapy in myofascial pain syndrome: an algometric and thermographic evaluation. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 33(5), 339–343. https://doi.org/10.1002/lsm.10241
Jastifer, J. R., Catena, F., Doty, J. F., Stevens, F., & Coughlin, M. J. (2014). Low-Level Laser Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis: A Prospective Study. Foot & Ankle International. / American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society [and] Swiss Foot and Ankle Society, 35(6), 566–571. https://doi.org/10.1177/1071100714523275
Liptan, G. L. (2010). Fascia: A missing link in our understanding of the pathology of fibromyalgia. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 14(1), 3–12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbmt.2009.08.003
Yeh, S.-W., Hong, C.-H., Shih, M.-C., Tam, K.-W., Huang, Y.-H., & Kuan, Y.-C. (2019). Low-Level Laser Therapy for Fibromyalgia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Pain Physician, 22(3), 241–254. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31151332