'MELT Method': New Way of Relieving Chronic Pain

Body work system targets connective tissue, and for this dancer, it made all the difference.
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We're a nation used to popping a pill to treat pain. 80% of all painkillers taken in the world are taken in the U.S. The woman you're about to meet says she can alleviate chronic pain in a healthier pill-freeway by manipulating a body part with a strange name you've probably never even heard of. Is it wishful thinking or truly a potential cure-all? Let it go. Arms up. Reporter: For Marisa marlis, movement is life. You got it, ten more! Reporter: A dancer and fitness model she stars in fitness videos like "The Brazil butt lift." Like millions of Americans, she lives with chronic pain. Today my knee is about a level 5. I can feel if I do anything a little too deeply. Reporter: Already in her 30s she's had seven surgeries for injuries. The pain was terrible before surgery. Shooting pains down my leg, I couldn't sleep. Reporter: For years she tried different therapies with little relief. It's frustrating that I can't break through that, this pain issue, to be that active and proactive again. Reporter: Marisa is far from alone. It's estimated over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, costing almost $600 billion a year in health care expenses, lost wages, and lost productivity. And that figure doesn't include the psychological toll it takes on people who are suffering. It affects everything. I mean, everything. You know, I just got married. And it's awesome. I love being married. But there's certain things that I'm like, it's 6:00, I shouldn't be exhausted. So this is gliding -- Reporter: Marisa doesn't want to become reliant on painkillers so she's trying something new. The meld method. It's touted as a tantalizingly new potential pill-free pain relief which works on a part of the body that most of us have never even heard of, a connective tissue called fascia. Connective tissue is flexible scaffolding under your skin. It's where collagen is produced in the body. It plays major roles in everything from keeping your skin lifted to giving joints shock absorption to giving muscles balanced. Reporter: Armed with funny balls and a foam roller sue hitzmann says it works by stimulating the connective tissue in the body. Pressure bodies in the fascia. Loosening it up and reducing inflammation which she and her clients say can reduce aches, pains, and stiffness. One of the key techniques of melt is to teach people how to juice back up the tissue, how to stimulate it in organized ways from day to day. You take the ball and push it over your fingers. That's a rinsing technique. Reporter: After just one class and a one-on-one session with sue, Marisa says she's already beginning to feel a difference. It's subtle but powerful. Working smarter, not harder. Reporter: Melissa isn't suffering garden-variety pain. Her spine has been fused together by four metal pins. Heartbreaking to not be able to move. Not just dance but be active for three to four years. Reporter: Then painful hip surgery less than a year and a half ago. I hat this zero gravity chair that lived in our living room. Reporter: Marisa cobbled together a treatment program incorporating everything from physical therapy -- Nine, ten, relax. Reporter: To weekly trips to a chiropractor which involves spine adjustment, traction. Yet it's the melt method she thinks is making the most dramatic difference in her chronic pain levels. Felt like there was this warm sheath. My hip was moving. It felt like a Normal joint again. My knee was in significantly less pain. And I woke up the next day and wasn't nearly in as much pain. Reporter: Is it a placebo effectively effect? The melt method is a simple technique -- Reporter: Is the melt method unlocking secrets to pain relief through fascia? It forms a network in the body, connects everything with everything else. It might play a role in the interface between body systems. Reporter: Leading scientists have discovered that people do feel more pain in their fascia than they do in their muscles. Fascia actually has a lot of nerve endings in it. If the fascia is inflamed it can feel painful. Reporter: While manipulating the fascia, whether through massage or stretching, like during yoga, or acupuncture, they could be reducing their perception of pain. You put an acupuncture needle into connective tissue, far shark it winds like a needle, every time you move the needle the fascia moves with it. Turn your head to the right. Reporter: Research into fascia is relatively new and it's difficult to scientifically measure pain levels. But plenty of people say they feel an immediate difference. I feel something that I didn't know existed an hour ago. Reporter: Marisa has been diligently melting for more than a month. Even on her honeymoon. I was able to climb up a cliff, which I never thought I'd be able to do again. Reporter: She says sue's method has managed to melt away years of chronic pain. Things I haven't been able to do in so long. It's empowering to feel I can make money again, have a Normal life. Hope. I feel hopeful I'm going to be able to have the career that I want again.

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