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68 / How To MELT Away Chronic Pain & Trauma w/ Sue Hitzmann

Muscle Medicine Podcast 068 / How To MELT Away Chronic Pain & Trauma w/ Sue Hitzmann

There are many causes of chronic pain. Sometimes it’s not even entirely physical or connected to the place that’s hurting. Healing is complex and not always a straightforward process. My guest today knows this as well as anyone and has developed a fantastic method that we can all benefit from.

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Sue Hitzmann is the creator of the Melt Method, a simple self-treatment technique that helps people get out and stay out of chronic pain. She is a nationally recognized educator, manual therapist, exercise physiologist, and founding member of the Fascia Research Society. As the author of the New York Times bestselling book The MELT Method, Sue has helped over 200,000 people lead a healthy, pain-free life.

Today, Sue shares the story of how her own experience with chronic pain drove her to find a better solution. By seeing the connection between fascia, trauma, and pain, she was able to develop a method of treatment that people can do together or at home.

We talk about what we can do, starting with gently addressing the needs of our fascia, to address pain and get it under control. Sue’s Melt Method is designed to look at the larger dynamics of fascia and how it helps the free nerve endings in the body send messages to the brain. Gently addressing this dynamic system as a whole can do wonders eliminating pain.

We also discuss the importance of mindset and being brave enough to face the causes of our trauma and pain. Without this, we are just treating the symptoms. True healing is a transformative process that takes courage and determination. 

Have you ever addressed the underlying root causes of trauma and chronic pain? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!

In this episode

  • How trauma can lead to a lifetime of physical pain if left unaddressed
  • The role of fascia in pain perception
  • The need for a gentle approach to treating trauma and pain
  • The power of touch for truly sensing one’s self and healing
  • Identifying the less obvious root causes of pain
  • The transformative process that comes from introspection and staying rooted in the present


“I realized that trauma can actually cause more pain in the body than an accident.” [2:47]

“Touch, in general, is really an effective way to alter the brain’s pathways that we miss.” [13:54]

“Pain is just the brain’s way of alerting you that something is not right. Pain is the great motivator to take action.” [16:17]

“Sometimes we’re reacting to something right now, but actually we’re not. We’re reacting to something of our past and putting it in the present…. Focus on what’s happening right now. Just start right now and peel those layers of the onion back. Suddenly you’ll realize how not present you really are.” [33:24]

“Sharing vulnerability is one of the most courageous steps of healing. We don’t move on from it. We walk through it and walk through it together.” [44:12]


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Fascia Research Society

The MELT Method by Sue Hitzmann