Soft Tissue Health

12- Soft Tissue Health with Lenny Parracino

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

May 11, 2017

The soft tissue in the human organism is something that we don't talk enough about. We hear in the media all the time about the benefits of working out, or going on a specific diet, yet we don't talk about what the soft tissue is and how to take care of it.

I know that most people who come into my clinic don't take the time every day to stretch and work on their soft tissue. In fact, stretching routines typically aren't a priority until an injury occurs, and then the routine only lasts until the person is feeling close to normal. What do you think would happen if more people added soft tissue work into their daily routine, similar to brushing and flossing our teeth?

We brought on a phenomenal practitioner to talk exactly about these issues. Lenny Parracino has mentored me for many years, and I credit his knowledge with a lot of the direction I have taken my educational path. I have never met someone who studies the human organism nearly as much as Lenny does.

This episode has tons of great information not only for the everyday person learning more about how to care for their body, but also for practitioners who want to learn more about the soft tissue matrix. You can enjoy all this in this episode of Soft Tissue Health with Lenny Parracino!

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8:50 – What drove Lenny to the health industry
10:45 – Lenny's passion for health leads him to constantly studying and learning more about the human organism
12:00 – Diving into the complexity of the human body
14:00 – Don't let the diagnosis define who you are and your capabilities
15:45 – How energy depletion happens within the body
17:00 – What is soft tissue
20:00 – In order to see something in the body, you have to disrupt it
20:45 – Names of tissues are more of a geographical locator of the body
23:00 – Pain stems from the brain
24:50 – In fresh dissections, there is no “tight hamstring”
26:35 – The importance of increasing blood flow and fluid exchange in the tissues
29:35 – Sitting for 5 hours doesn't change the shape of your butt, so how would a 90 second stretch effectively “lengthen” tissues?
33:25 – If in pain or uncomfortable, our body forces us to move
34:40 – How does fluid exchange translate into elastic recoil

38:15 – Find a practitioner who exposes what you are capable of
42:35 – After finding someone's threshold, how do you improve the soft tissue pliability
47:50 – Progression of tissue: Isometric, isotonic, heavier load with slow speed, eccentrics (lengthening), finally elastic recoil
49:30 – A big question is, do you start local or global when working on movements
52:20 – How do people get injured from small every day movements, yet they might be able to do big movements like a sport with no problem
57:25 – Pain killers mask the body telling you a problem is occuring. It can also get in the way of working on the soft tissue
60:40 – Use hands on a person as they move to assess tissue tension
61:45 – Other than movement, what else can we do to help the soft tissues
63:00 – Use at-home methods to help the soft tissue, then use a practitioner for the pieces you can't do
64:10 – Vibrating foam rollers from HyperIce, vibrating ball from HyperIce
64:33 – HyperIce venom that is for back support
65:30 – Utilize the Whole30 program for 30 days to improve nutrients to the soft tissue. Access the Whole30 Starter Nutrition Pack Here.
67:30 – Type 1 diabetics have increased acidity in their body and stiffens the tissues
70:30 – Kids on the sports fields are getting chunky, so how important is nutrition to our health
73:10 – Utilizing a dynadisk as a way to keep the body moving while sitting

Learn More About Lenny Parracino

Website: Meyer Institute of Sport

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About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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