Fascial Stretch Therapy
What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?
During regular stretching, a stretch is usually held for a minute, then you move on to the next stretch. The problem with this is it doesn’t get rid of aches and pains
The beauty of Fascial Stretch Therapy is the therapist is able to find where the body is locked up and not moving like it’s supposed to.
Then we are able to progressively work from there using the knowledge that the body is comprised of multiple ‘trains’ of muscles. These train tracks intertwine and so when you’re feeling pain in your low back for example, our therapists are able to follow the various trains passing through the low back and find where the problem area is
What Type of People Benefit from FST?
- There’s the person that is active, exercises regularly (or plays sports) and experiences wear and tear with age. They have busy lives, that doesn’t always allow for corrective therapy. These people will generally reach a point of repetitive discomfort. We largely urge these people to seek out this type of Fascial-based therapy where full body ‘chains’ are addressed vs. focusing on isolated areas of discomfort.
2. The other type of person that benefits from FST, are people who don’t exercise as much. Sometimes due to physical or emotional constraints, overtime the body gets weaker and tighter. Engaging in active-based therapy helps turn on fascial response to movement, and aches and pains decreased.
3. FST has been used as a primary therapy for people who have experienced any type of PTSD. The reason for this is, fascia contains nerves that stores information about your emotional and physical past. A gentler approach is used in this case to release fascia, combined with breathing techniques, allowing the body to perceive safety and security.
4. Lastly ofcourse as FST is geared toward improving mobility and how our bodies move, we also get athletes of various levels as it improves neural firing to increase agility, improve performance, confidence, and prevent injuries. There are a slew of Elite level athletic teams that have FST as part of their regular training and recovery.
What Type of Pain Does FST help?
Our CFST’s use specific stretch techniques for:
Hips and knees
Does FST fix injuries completely?
95% of the people we treat report their injuries are significantly better, they experience less pain, fewer headaches, take less anti-inflammatories, and essentially move better.
If your injuries have been around for a while, it generally means the body has developed muscle imbalances to compensate for the deficiencies (tight/weak muscles), SO, after each FST session our therapists go through certain specific exercises to activate the weak muscles and avoid the imbalances from re-occuring
How many sessions are typically needed?
Most people feel noticeably better immediately – right after their first session.
BUT It depends on the nature of injury, how long it’s been going on for and what the root cause is.
What if I am not sure if I am a good candidate?
Contact us to discuss your injuries. If we are not sure if you are a good candidate, we will invite you in for a free consultation
Sometimes we overuse our bodies, and at times we don’t use our bodies enough. Regardless of the route, every day physical and emotional stresses take their toll. Overtime, stress causes your fascia — the fibrous connective tissue enveloping your muscles, bones and joints — to tighten, pinching nerves, compressing blood vessels, limiting joint mobility and triggering chronic pain and discomfort.
“99% of people benefit greatly Fascial Stretch Therapy to bring their body to an optimal level of function mentally & physically.”
Decrease Joint & Muscle Pain
Tight, inflexible muscles often pull on bones and joints causing the bone or joint to misalign, causing aches & pains
Decreased Headaches & Improved Circulation
Blood vessels pass through our muscles and joints. Tight muscles restrict blood flow as they compress on the blood vessels
Improved Posture & Alignment
Releasing imbalnaced tension allows bones and joints to resume proper alignment
Restricted muscles decrease our ability to move around pain-free. Improving Range of Motion allows us to move more and more freely