What is Fascial Stretch Therapy™?
Fascial Stretch Therapy™ (or FST), a type of stretching that targets not only the muscles, but the fascia. Some might ask, “What is fascia?” The answer is, fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds muscles, bones, and joints. FST also targets the entire joint and joint capsule, using traction to remove restrictions from movement and to stimulate lubrication within the joint and joint capsule. A Fascial Stretch Therapist will perform the therapy by gently pulling and moving the arms, legs, spine, and neck in a smooth motion through different planes of movement or movement patterns. The therapy is usually pain-free and is very comforting and concurrently works to stimulate movement and relax the individual receiving the treatment.
Fascial Stretch Therapy™ is definitely a newer, but proven way to stretch. Instead of having the athlete go through their normal routine stretches, which can oftentimes cause a tightening up effect if done incorrectly and pain is present, a Fascial Stretch Therapist will look thoroughly for imbalances as well as the source of those imbalances.
What happens in a Fascial Stretch Session?
The Fascial Stretch Therapist will work with their clients to utilize breath with movement. The therapist will warm up the muscles and joint to increase and maximize blood flow by using a rhythmic approach. While utilizing this slow rhythmic approach with traction, along with movement patterns and synchronized breathing, the therapist will slowly and logically stretch the body to lengthen the muscles, increase the range of motion of the joints and improve overall flexibility.
5 Top Benefits of Fascial Stretch Therapy™
- Increase Range of Motion
- Improved Performance
- Reduced Risk of Injury
- Improved Muscle Function
- Decrease Compression and Impingement in the Joints.
Our body is an accumulation of bad posture, habits and movement, so the greatest benefits that can be gained from FST will take some time, however you will feel immediate improvements after your first session.