'The Melt Method' Claims to Relieve Pain Without Pills

The new chemical-free method is helping some patients relieve chronic pain.
3:46 | 03/12/15

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A new therapy called the melt method is helping people who suffering and ABC's juju Chang has the story. Strong arms up. Reporter: For Marisa movement is life. You got it. Reporter: A dancer and fitness model but like millions of Americans -- Next those feet report she lives with chronic pain. Today my level is at a 5. Reporter: It's estimated over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Marisa doesn't want to become reliant on painkillers so today trying something new, the melt method. Bring that leg up. Reporter: Touted as a pill-free pain relief that works on a part of the body that most of us haven't heard of. A connective tissue called fascia. It plays major roles everything from keeping your skin lifted to giving joints shock absorption and muscles balance. Reporter: Armed with these funny balls and soft foam roller sue hitzmann thinks she's on the cusp of revolutioning pain management and pressure points in the fascia, loosening it up and reducing inflammation which she and her clients say can reduce ache, pains and stiffness. One of the key techniques of mechlt lt is to teach people how to juice back up the issue. Reporter: Marisa is already feeling a difference and cobbled together a treatment program from everything physical therapy to weekly trips to a chiropractor and the melt method is making the most dramatic difference. Turn your head to the right. Reporter: Research into fascia is relatively new and difficult to scientifically measure pain levels but plenty of people say they feel an immediate difference. I feel something I didn't know existed an hour ago. Exactly. Reporter: Marisa has been diligently melting for more than a month. I'm doing things I haven't been able to do in so long. Dr. Richard Besser is back with us. So, rich, what's your take on this? What do you think of the melt method? We used to say for chronic pain that rest was best and we now know that's not right. Using your body can help. There aren't any scientific studies looking at the melt method but there's a lot of things there that makes some sense and if you try it and it works for you, you know, chronic pain is so debilitating. If you find something that works, go with it. Melt method, that's -- we've been doing this in the gym for quite some time with the roller and it kind of does really loosens things up. Anybody that should be cautious about it? Is it bad -- It depends what's causing your pain. I would definitely talk to your doctor before you start something that's quite physical. There are as picks that are like massage and for some pima saj can be very effective and there are other things apart from taking medications that can be helpful with chronic pain. What other things can you try? Well, there's something called cognitive behavioral therapy which helps you change how you relate to that pain. You know, there's certain injuries that will be painful but you can change how your mind is dealing with that much there's mindful meditation which for some people has been very helpful in releasing how you're dealing with that pain and shifting your focus. Those two things are very valuable then there are programs that combine exercise and counseling that have been very valuable. So it doesn't have to be just reaching for pills, something like this and all these other combinations can be really helpful. Always has side effects. They do have side effects and while sometimes you'll need them look at these alternatives I think is exciting? There are a lot of people who are in chronic pain. Just debilitating. Debilitating. Thanks, rich, very much.

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