What I’m Into this Week

Ashley Black Fascia Blasting.  The tools aren’t cheap (and I haven’t purchased yet) but I joined the facebook group and have been lurking for awhile.  The success stories and before and after pictures are inspiring.  I’m interested in the process to gain more range of motion and reduce body pain, especially in my jaw, neck and shoulders. When my husband heard the testimonies, he said, “Will you buy me one for my back?”  He had a painful back injury 3 years ago that hasn’t healed even after months of physical therapy.  We can totally share one. I also plan to convince my mom to try it on her knee.  She has had horrible pain for more than 6 months that even surgery and steroid shots haven’t helped. I think this could be really helpful to her. If you decide to lurk in the group, search #storytimewithjoanna to hear how the business began. It’s inspirational.  (PS side affects include loss of cellulite, increased hair growth, increased collagen production, and some temporary bruising.)  If you are a physical therapist, chiropractor, or massage therapist–this isn’t optional.  You should at least look it over.

Irlen Syndrome.  I alluded to this briefly in this post, but we have had even more experience with it since.  My daughters have struggled with learning disabilities from a very young age and I’ve spent a lot of hours and money researching and trying different things to help them reach their potential.  Both girls are extremely bright, but process slowly and have visual misperceptions.   The younger one was diagnosed with Irlen syndrome in August.   Since then we have discovered 2 more members of the family who also have it, and are screening the rest to rule it out.  This is a fascinating subject for parents of special needs kids, educators, and optometrists.  If you’d like to hear more about our experience with it, I can write more–just let me know in the comments.  I don’t want to bore you with the details if you aren’t really interested.  (This is likely the main trigger for my adrenal issues and I’m hoping with proper treatment, I will finally be able to heal.)

The Young House Love podcast. I’ve loved this blogging duo for years now. Their topic of expertise is home decor and I couldn’t figure out how that would translate to a radio show, but it totally does. I look forward to listening weekly as I do my kitchen chores.  I love the way the couple interacts with a big dose of humor.

Do you listen to podcasts?  Leave your favorites in the comments below.  (Also…let me know about the Irlen thing.)

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13 thoughts on “What I’m Into this Week

  1. Veronica says:

    Me too on the Irlen syndrome-going to google this but would like to hear about your experiences with it as well.

  2. susan says:

    Would love to learn more about Irlen Syndrome. I’ve seen rivers while reading for as long as I can remember, I just didn’t know what they were. When I returned to school 16 years ago, I took some Special Education classes and found out that they have a name. I received my degree in Speech and Language Pathology, but still did not receive training in this, in my education. I decided not to go into nursing because I realized that I missed little things, like decimal points, which could be detrimental to others –think giving out medication. It’s nice to finally be able to connect the dots. Thanks in advance for your help.

  3. Theresa says:

    I’m curious if vision therapy is a part of the therapies used? It helped a lot with my son’s issues with aspergers/ADHD. Would love to hear more about this syndrome, never heard of it until you and I’m fascinated.

  4. Deana Griffin says:

    Angela,
    I think you definitely should write more about Irlen’s Syndrome. There are so many that have never heard of this before. I am not sure where you got your testing done, but Ken Schmidt is local and does do testing for Irlens. It is amazing to see what happens with people that get the lenses and are able to focus. I am glad you are speaking out about this. Thanks!

  5. Angela says:

    Susan, I will definitely write more about this, but didn’t want to wait to talk to you. Seeing rivers and small marks like punctuation disappearing are classic Irlen symptoms. There are two types of clinicians that can help you. A screener will spend 2 hours with you determining whether you have Irlens and the severity. They will help you find a colored overlay or blend of colors that will help alleviate misperceptions with reading. Since Irlens just doesn’t affect reading, but also environmental perceptions and the overall health of the brain and body, you will want to go to the next level and be fitted for glasses or contacts. This is a 3 hour process since there are over 100,000 different combination possibilities. You can find out more at Irlen.com Also when looking for someone to help you, call several. There is a big price difference between different screeners so if one is prohibitive, another may be within your budget.

  6. Nicole says:

    I saved for the fascia blaster. The process is way more difficult than I was prepared for. I also find it difficult to find time to rub my whole body down. I’m trying to fit it into my yearly goals to use it more. Mostly, it sits on a shelf.

  7. Angela says:

    Nicole, this is the exact reason why I haven’t bought one yet. I have a foam roller and a dry body brush that I don’t use regularly, and I’m trying to evaluate if I would really do it. Especially with the heat requirement. It would be so good for me if I actually did it.

  8. Ann says:

    I have struggled with jaw pain. I have gotten some relief from the chiropractor working on my jaw. The biggest help has been a nightly mouth guard. I tried quite a few of them, and have had the most success (not gagging) with Plackers Grind No More Dental Night Protector. I can sometimes find them at the Dollar tree for $1.00 each!! These have been life changing!

  9. Sarah says:

    I have had the Fascia Blaster for about a month and am part of the FB group. Ashley’s customer service is awesome! I think it is a very helpful tool for many, many people, but it is not easy! Because of the type of restrictions/cellulite I have, results take longer than some of the ladies who use it twice and post pictures with dramatic differences. I still need my chiropractic appointments with soft tissue treatments like ART and FDM to keep my hip flexors and behind loose enough to maintain my running pace, though I am hoping to be able to cut down on those with more blasting.

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