The Melt Method is a practice you can do at home to get rid of chronic pain.

Can you eradicate chronic pain without medication or surgery? Sue Hitzmann, author of The MELT Method, A Breakthrough Self-Treatment System to Eliminate Chronic Pain, Erase the Signs of Aging, and Feel Fantastic in Just 10 Minutes a Day!, thinks so.

A nationally-known somatic-movement educator and manual therapist, Hitzmann helps her clients find relief from pain by focusing on the body’s connective tissues and the role they play in pain, stress, weight gain and overall health. “Daily repetitive movements and postures cause connective tissue dehydration, and over time, ‘stuck stress’ and inflammation,” says Hitzmann. “New science reveals that this ‘stuck stress’ is literally trapped in our connective tissue, which surrounds every joint, muscle, nerve, bone and organ. Unaddressed trapped stress causes connective tissue dehydration and cellular damage. This creates a domino effect that begins with aches and stiffness and leads to common health issues such as neck and low back pain, headaches, insomnia, digestive problems and injury. Accelerated aging and chronic health problems can follow.”

In her “quest to live an active, pain-free life,” Hitzmann became educated on the emerging science of connective tissue, or fascia, which surrounds your muscles, bones, nerves and organs. (The researchers she met were discovering that connective tissue was responsive, adaptable and renewable.) Through her education, Hitzmann developed the MELT Method that uses props like a soft roller (similar to the foam rollers you see at the gym, only not as hard) and rubber balls to relieve tension in the body; sort of like giving yourself a massage. The goal is to stimulate nerve endings and softly manipulate tissues with light pressure, rather than pressing down hard.

The MELT Method incorporates a variety of direct and indirect patent-pending techniques including the “Balance Test” where by standing up tall, eyes closed, without adjusting, lifting all 10 toes off the ground for about 10 seconds, you can notice if your body drifts or slumps forward. If it does, your nervous system is having a hard time identifying where the centerline of your body is, likely because your spine is compressed, says Hitzmann. How do you fix this? Take a MELT method squishy ball and rub it lightly across the bottom of each foot for 20 seconds. The stimulation wakes up nerve endings and helps your feet connect more deeply to the ground, centering you and helping your spine maintain a more natural straight line.

To learn more about the MELT Method, including where it is offered nationally and how to order MELT Method equipment online, visit the MELT Method website.