Fascial stretch therapy (FST) is a revolutionary treatment that addresses a little-known bodily system known as the fascial network. People of all ages benefit from it, including patients who have received clearance from their physician for active movement. But what makes FST different from other stretching or conditioning routines?
Your fascia is a thin connective tissue (which, at a microscopic level, looks like a system of fishnets) that enclose all your body’s muscles, joints, organs, blood vessels and nerves. Necessary parts of this system are joint capsules, pieces of connective tissue structures that enclose the joints. They are involved in making sure the joints function well and get the nutrients they need. The networks created by fascia and joint capsules are quite strong, and without them, your tissues would fall apart!
As you may imagine, not enough people focus on their fascial network and joint capsules when stretching before or after a workout. When these parts are allowed to deteriorate, however, it can lead to:
As you can see, the concerns can be numerous, but Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) has been shown to improve the situation for many people suffering from them. It’s a unique, complementary system of stretching that focuses on these fascial networks. FST is used to achieve optimal flexibility, strength, performance, and pain relief – but what makes it different from other forms of stretching and mobility improvement?
Many health professionals believe there are only so many ways to stretch groups of muscle and tissue. However, we are always learning more about the body, and FST takes into account a layer that many people overlook. It’s a technique of assisted stretching that combines many other modalities to target and strengthen the fascial network that runs superficially around and deep in the tissue. By integrating this wider perspective of the body and including fascial connections, athletes at all levels can obtain more benefits than just stretching isolated muscle groups.
Because it also targets joint capsules, FST deepens the range of motion in ways traditional stretches can’t always achieve. Particular elements of many warm-ups and recovery routines, such as traction and circumduction, often act as stand-alone techniques. In FST, these are safely and logically combined and arranged into a newer, more cohesive strategy.
What makes FST so different from other forms of stretching and warming up is that, even though it goes deeper than typical muscle stretching, it’s quicker and more pleasant. Many athletes use it to eliminate pain, restore function, move and feel better in life, fitness, and sports!
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