What Is Fascia?
Under a microscope, fascia or myofascia resembles a spider web or fish net. Fascia is a thick, fibrous connective tissue that forms a whole-body as continuous three-dimensional matrix of structural support around our organs, muscles, joints, bones and nerve fibres. This multidirectional, multidimensional fascial arrangement also allows us to move in multiple directions and support the force put on joints while the body is in motion.
Every one of us has fascia.
What Is FST?
Fascial Stretch Therapy is a facilitated stretch, meaning that your therapist stretches your body as opposed to you stretching yourself.
Fascial stretch therapists and physiotherapists can use specialty techniques for helping release the fascia from the underlying muscles to stimulate blood flow and initiate muscle release. These techniques are beneficial for a variety of different conditions including migraines/headaches, general muscle soreness or DOM’s, TMJ dysfunction, fibromyalgia and many other musculoskeletal conditions such as relieving pressure of arm or leg pain caused by pinched nerves, neck and back tightness and bulging discs.
Picture yourself dressed in loose, comfortable clothing and lying on a cushioned massage table. With controlled and timed breathing, your certified therapist manually elevates an arm or leg and, with slight traction applied, they slowly lift and rotate your body. By passively stretching your muscles, tendons and fasciae congruently along fascial lines with traction, this combination simultaneously allows the nervous system, the fascia, and the muscles to relax – restoring immediate improvement of healthy muscular flexibility & joint functionality.