Fascial Stretch Therapy: The Why’s (Wise) & The Benefits
Why use Fascial Stretch Therapy as a way of movement and recovery? It is not the most known treatment by far in comparison to massage therapy and Active Release techniques but it is definitely as effective. It is great in unison with those other avenues of therapy. Have you had a nagging spot that just won’t release or if it does release it returns hours later? Do you find you are using a lot of energy just to squat down? Do you find your body carries so much tension it is impossible to relax? With Fascial Stretch Therapy we address all of these issues and more through Proprioception Neuromuscular Facilitation movements, relaxation breathing, pain-free assisted movements and each session you are assessed and stretched based on your individual needs. A lot of times with tension, it isn’t one specific area. Fascial Stretch Therapy uses different Anatomical Nets or Fascial Nets that surround groups of muscles. When a part of that ‘Net’ is affected, it affects the next ‘Net’, etc,etc. It is a vicious circle. A series of repetitive motions, trauma or injury play a part in creating that imbalance and it is presented as a soreness in a specific spot in that ‘Net’. This is why it is important to see the giant picture when it comes to your body.
During a one-on-one Fascial Stretch Therapy session our goal is to assess range of motion, limitations and address chronic pain areas utilizing traction and multiple planes of movement patterns. We look for any imbalances through the hips, torso, shoulder levels, stance and sometimes through a plum line analysis. Once on the table, we begin to synchronize breathe with movement, warm-up with gentle circumduction movements and oscillations to get you ready for the deeper movements. This therapy is right for you if you have tried stretching and just can’t seem to get deep enough and find that relief. Feel the difference in just one session by stretching the neuromyofascia, not just the muscles and introducing lots of traction is what really separates this from traditional stretching.
- Gain body awareness
- Increase range of motion
- Improve posture
- Decrease Stress
- Minimize muscle stiffness
- Improve energy levels
A common question people keep asking me is: How did you get into Fascial Stretch Therapy? I never have to think about this answer. It started out being a recovery tool for the demanding,intense work I put on my body as a Division 1 hockey player at Clarkson University,2007-2011. I had a therapist by the name of Denny Rudy who had introduced me to the Stretch to Win techniques and provided me with the education on why it was necessary to do what we were doing. He gave me a breakdown of how to be stronger on the ice and how releasing some of that tension in my body would make me more mobile as well as ground me and provide balance and strength. As a university athlete, it is your job to stay healthy and maintain your body. It is important to note that despite all efforts and hardwork injuries do happen and things you can’t control. Despite struggling with a right shoulder injury, using Denny along with keeping up with my fitness helped me be able to put off the inevitable of surgery for a couple years. As athletes, we tend to push through injuries in order to stay in the game. In doing that, we pay for it later in life. It is safe to say that I came into Fascial Stretch Therapy as an athlete looking to stay in the game but now for me it is all about maintenance and I find myself mostly helping people keep moving from everything they put their bodies through in their youth.
It became quite clear as I finished off my hockey career what I wanted to do from there. It is important to me now that I share that information with people. You may not be competing at a high-level but I want to give you the relief and comfort you need to do the things you want to do with minimum discomfort. I want to educate you on why it is we are doing what we are doing and time is of the essence, we are all sidelined at one point or another but getting out there and finding what works for your body and where you will see the most improvement is what is going to get you back out there no matter where out there is.
FST has helped many people return to activities they love whether it be competing at a high level of sport or returning to the garden, golf course, ski hill or back on that bike. It increases strength, flexibility and mobility and helps prevent injuries as we age. Book your Fascial Stretch Therapy Appointment online or email firstname.lastname@example.org to talk more about how it can help you.