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What is Fascial Stretch Therapy™?
By Chris Frederick, PT, KMI
Co-Director of the Stretch to Win Institute
Co-author of the new book “Fascial Stretch Therapy™”
Fascial Stretch Therapy, also called FST, is an innovative system of manual techniques and training used on clients and patients by certified professionals that can rapidly eliminate pain, improve mobility, restore impaired function and enhance both athletic performance and recovery.
The following points are what make FST different than many other techniques:
- Pain free
- Rapid results
- Long lasting to permanent outcomes
- Many clients who have experienced other therapies and training report never feeling as good as after getting an FST session.
Description of an FST session
After a conversation about your needs and goals, and then an assortment of functional movement tests and other assessments, you lie on a comfortable table, which has soft stabilizing straps that may be used to secure your body. The straps are used because the FST practitioner will be moving your body in particular ways to both assess and restore movement that has been lost, is painful and/or weak or is simply of poor overall mobility. Extremely gentle movements may be used if you are in pain or they may be more vigorous if you are training for an athletic activity. In any case, the session is created around your needs so specific goals are addressed.
Movements unique to FST will strengthen, lengthen and comprehensively balance your entire body. The brain and body are re-educated when neurological receptors called mechanoreceptors are stimulated because the majority of them are located throughout fascial tissue, which is the primary target of FST. Other receptors called ‘interoreceptors’ are also located throughout fascia, even around all the organs and have direct connections to deep parts of the brain (e.g. insula) that, among other things, are related to your sense of self and wellbeing. That is why people feel so good after FST.
Finally, many clients find themselves having to empty their bladders, as FST mobilizes the lymphatic system, resulting in decreasing inflammation and increasing the detoxification effect of moving blood and other fluids in the body.
The session ends with a movement-based home program based on your assessment findings and response to the FST session. Since the movements are specifically designed for you, compliance with your home program is necessary if you are to successfully achieve all of your goals.
Benefits of FST
The benefits of FST can be described as it relates to the professional and to the client/patient.
The following major benefits are statements from professionals who are certified in FST:
- Quicker and more accurate assessments
- More rapid response of clients to training or therapy goals
- Results are longer lasting to permanent
- Much greater job satisfaction because can help many more people
- Can provide extra service to current and new clients
- Work less while making more money.
The following are major FST benefits to clients are all commonly accomplished within 1-3 sessions:
- Rapid, effective pain relief
- Stress relief
- Rapid strength and mobility improvement
- Major functional ability change
- Sleep quality improvement
- Relief of many joint impingement syndromes
- Improved flexibility and speed in athletes
To answer the question posed by the question “What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?” Consider that the best answer will come out of your actual experience with it. Whether you are a professional thinking about training in FST or a person who feels that FST may be the answer to your pain or performance challenges, try just one session.
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