Fascial Stretch Therapy (or FST), a type of stretching that targets not only the muscles, but the fascia, 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. A therapist will gently pull and move the arms, legs, spine, and neck in a smooth motion through varying planes of movement. There is no pain, not even discomfort. Instead, the gentle movement is stimulating and relaxing at the same time.
Why Fascial Stretch Therapy?
Your entire body consists of fascia, connective tissue layers that surround muscles, organs, bones, and other structural components in the body. Since fascia is present in layers throughout your body, fascial stretch therapy focuses on the idea of improving global flexibility versus isolating muscles to improve flexibility.
Benefits of Fascial Stretch Therapy
Stretching the fascia, instead of just the muscle is extremely effective in improving flexibility and mobility throughout the body.
Improves your range of motion without causing pain
Tunes your nervous system in preparation for activity
Incorporates PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation), which makes great gains in range of motion in a short time period
Can be adjusted to fit your specific goals and activities
Who can benefit from Fascial Stretch Therapy?
The stretch to win methodology of fascial stretch therapy has been proven highly effective for athletes such as NFL players and sprinters. Fascial stretch therapy is great for improving coordination, speed, strength, and performance for athletes.
If you have a desk job and find yourself sitting all day, fascial stretch therapy is great for opening up hips, lengthening hip flexors, and improving mobility of the spine. FST improves blood flow to the hip joints and lumbar spine.
Improving overall flexibility and joint mobility is key for senior citizens. This transfers to a greater improvement of balance and strength. Fascial stretch therapy allows the entire fascial chain to be targeted, freeing up blocked tissue and improving overall movement patterns.
FST can speed up recovery from surgery and injury by improving blood flow to the target tissue. Healing occurs much faster with improved blood flow.
Almost everyone can benefit from Fascial stretch therapy. It improves mobility, improves tissue quality, and improves your quality of life!
See Universal Athletic Club Member Services or 717-569-5396 to schedule your sessions!