You must experience it to FEEL the difference!
Fascia Stretch Therapy™ (FST™) is a method of assisted stretching. It's a one-on-one movement based treatment on a massage table. Some sessions may include stretches off the table or on the floor. FST focuses on the connective tissue system rather than isolated muscle treatment. Clients are instructed to wear loose, comfortable clothing for the stretch sessions. Stabilizing straps may be used to anchor the limb not being moved for a more effective stretch. The technique is pain-free and very relaxing! Very often, results are seen after one session. However, like other therapies, multiple sessions may be needed to achieve set goals in addition to home self-care for maintenance.
Fascia (FASH-a) is the connective tissue that penetrates through and wraps around muscles, nerves, and organs- it's everywhere! Our muscles can be thought of as our "movers" within this fascial system. The best therapeutic effects therefore may come from targeting the continual fascial lines rather than just focusing on individual muscles only.
After assessment, treatment begins at the deepest part of the connective tissue system (the joint capsules), and progresses through all the layers of the fascia. Active stretching techniques such as PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) may be incorporated to further deepen a stretch. Combining the flow and principles of FST, this therapy often appears like a graceful dance between the therapist and the client!
What about the research? FST research was first completed in 1997 with founder Ann Frederick at Arizona State University. In 2017, research at the University of Arizona Medical School on the effects of FST on chronic non-specific low back pain showed significantly improved outcomes.
FST is internationally recognized as the premium brand of assisted stretching by all major league sports teams and Olympic athletes!
Stretch therapy can be received as a stand-alone treatment to improve overall flexibility and function. However, it can assist in providing successful outcomes when combined with other modalities and services such as massage therapy, chiropractic, physical therapy, personal training, and athletic sports performance training.