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'MELT' Therapy Relieves Pain Without Drugs

Friday, 02 Jan 2015 04:48 PM

A new form of therapy — known as the “MELT” method — is gaining popularity as a drug-free way to treat a host of middle-age complaints, including chronic pain, aching joints, weight gain, stress, wrinkles, digestive problems, low energy, and insomnia.

THE MELT method is a kind of body work that has been the subject of gym classes and a best-selling book, The New York Times reports.

The approach was developed by Sue Hitzmann, a former fitness instructor who works out of the JCC in Manhattan. Hitzmann’s reportedly became disillusioned with mainstream medicine after developing severe pain in her right heel several years ago that doctors and physical therapists could neither explain nor cure.
 
They told her it was “all in her head,” she said, and suggested she find a psychiatrist. Instead, she read up on the emerging science of connective tissue, or fascia, disorders. Connective tissues surround the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs. As we age, our bodies endure wear and tear that is thought to result in dehydration of this system. Sedentary behaviors can have the same effect.
 
Hitzmann developed a self-treatment system to manipulate and rehydrate the connective tissue. (MELT stands for Myofascial Energetic Length Technique.) The technique involves a series of exercises that require just 10 minutes three times a week to be effective. MELT now has 1,300 instructors nationwide and a following that includes the Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson, who used the method on her feet before winning gold in Sochi, Russia.
 
Hitzmann’s book on the system, “The MELT Method,” was published in 2013 by HarperOne.

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