Fascial Stretch Therapy
Fascial Stretch Therapy is a unique, complete and complementary system of table-based assisted stretching, focusing on the fascia and joint capsule as the key elements in achieving optimal flexibility, strengh, performance and pain relief.
What makes FST unique and what can it do for you:
- Decrease or eliminate pain caused by tension and stress
- Increase flexibility, mobility and range of motion
- Increase strength and power
- Improve balance and coordination
- Improve posture and appearance
- Get the benefits of a deep tissue without deep pressure
- You are fully dressed in anything loose comfortable
- Soft straps maybe used to help stabilize as the therapist stretches you
Basic Stretching Facts
We loose 10% of our of our range of motion for every 10 years we age, unless we take an active role in maintaining or improving our flexibility. Many factors affect flexibility such as age, dehydration, adhesions,lack of elasticity of connective tissues in muscles or joints, muscle tension, gender, hormones, length of ligaments or joints, lack of coordination and strength in the case of active movement, inflammation, pain, fear, body mass, temperature, medication, training, vocation, postural misalignment, repetitive movements and more….Flexibility does not exist as a general physical characteristic, but it is joint specific and joint action. Real gains in flexibility will occur when you actually train for flexibility. Flexibility must be balanced with strength to be fully functional. Fascia is the connective tissue surrounding your muscle. As we age or through rigorous exercise our fascia tightens up. FST stretches the fascia out giving the athlete greater range of motion. As a results it equals improved performance. For example, if you are a CrossFitter, you have more range of motion allowing you to improve the number of reps you do. If you are a running back it will allow you to move in all directions quicker free of restrictions. And for the rest of us, FST makes us flexibile and reduces pain.
FST therapy gently pulls then moves the legs, arms, spine and neck in a smooth motion at various angles to relieve pressure between joints, release joint-lubricating synovial fluid, and improve flexibility of muscles. “The function of muscles cannot be separated from the movement of fascia,” says Frederick, who has worked with Olympic gold-medal athletes. “Runners tell us that after the first FST session they move with more ease and feel stronger and faster,” Frederick says. Runners using FST also report increased stride length, less pain and tightness, and faster recovery.
- 47% of your flexibility is locked up in your joints
- 42% of your flexibility potential is in your fascia
Flexibility Maintenance Exercises