Fascial Stretch Therapy

What is Fascia?

  • Fascia is a fascinating system of connective tissue primarily made up of collagen that exists in one layer from our head to our toes without interruption.  It has the appearance of a spider’s web and is very densely woven wrapping around every muscle, bone, nerve, artery, vein as well as our internal organs.
  • Every part of the body is ultimately connected to another part of the body via fascia as a string is to a sweater.
  • Fascia is often compared to seran wrap whereby it smoothly envelopes the structures it covers

What is the role of Fascia when functioning properly?

  • Fascia is relaxed and wavy when in a healthy state
  • It can stretch and move and support without restriction
  • It reduces friction to minimize the force applied to muscles
  • It binds and stabilizes some structures while it allow others to slide smoothly over each other

Who would benefit from FST?

  • Sports / musculoskeletal injuries (e.g. low back pain, stiff calves/hamstrings / gluteals)
  • Neurological conditions (e.g. stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis)
  • Acute or chronic pain from motor vehicle collisions
  • Overuse / repetitive work-related injuries

What are the benefits of FST?

  • A greater sense of improved functional range of motion
  • Previously restricted joints are often described as “lighter” with greater freedom of movement

How does Fascial dysfunction contribute to pain, stiffness and tightness?

  • Trauma, inflammation, post surgical procedures, poor posture and repetitive stress can create tension in muscles and connective tissue which begin to “stick” to one another creating high tensile (tension) pressure
  • Blood flow is reduced and nerves can become compressed
  • Lack of proper circulation and nutrition cause an increased sensation of tightness
  • Fascial restrictions affect our ability to withstand stress due to impaired stability and flexiblity