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Fascial Stretch Therpy

Fascial Stretch Therapy

What is Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST)?

  • FST is a form of assisted stretching during which the therapist takes the client through various stretch positions.
  • FST is very client oriented. The client needs to contract and relax a muscle as the therapist moves it through various stretch positions. FST uses the client's nervous system to improve the muscle's response by targeting the muscle stretch reflex.
  • After an FST treatment, a client typically reports an immediate sensation of "lightness" and freer movement at a restricted joint. An improved sensation of range of motion is due to improved blood flow to the muscle allowing it loosen and release.

Who would benefit from FST?

Clients we have treated with FST include those with the following history and diagnoses:

Sport/Musculoskeletal injuries such as:

  • Shoulders impingements
  • Hamstring and Quadriceps shortening
  • Hip Flexor restrictions from capsular locking
  • Gluteal tightness from strenuous running
  • Low back pain
  • Stiff calves from immobility and constant active usage

Neurological Conditions:

  • Stroke
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson's Disease

Motor Vehicle Collisions:

  • Acute or Chronic
  • Recovering from surgery/injury

Overuse and Repetitive injuries

  • Work related conditions
  • Sports related conditions

Why is FST beneficial?

The fascial system is often under recognized and treated. However, research is showing improved long term effects post FST treatment as it assists with the following:

  • Provides muscles with an environment where they can smoothly move
  • Transmits movements from muscles to bones
  • Acts as a supportive blanket for nerves and blood vessels as they pass through and between muscles

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

Impaired mobility, over exertion, and stiffness can cause muscles and connective tissue to "stick" to one another. When structures stick to one another, they reduce the proper flow of blood and increase compression on nerves. Therefore, muscles lack proper circulation and nutrition causing an increased sensation of tightness.

What does Fascia mean?

  • Fascia is connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves
  • Fascia binds some structures while allowing others to slide smoothly over each other
  • Fascia reduces friction to minimize the force put on muscles- that is, it can be thought of as coating muscle for smoother movement.
  • Fascia can be very elastic (such as the skin covering your elbow) to allow appropriate stretching of skin over a joint. Think of how the skin covering your elbow stretches as you bend your elbow and gathers as you straighten your arm.

What training does the Neurocore FST therapist have?

Robert Glean is a Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist from the Stretch to Win Institute of Toronto. He is also a Canadian graduate of Sutherland-Chan School in Toronto and has been a professional registered massage therapist for the past 8 years.

He has achieved extensive training in Swedish Massage, Hydrotherapy, Myofascial Release, Remedial Exercise, K-Taping (kinesiotaping), Sports Massage, and Lymphatic Drainage. His practice establishes him working with people of different ages from children to seniors, dysfunctions, different ailments, syndromes, sport related injuries, and overall tightness in muscles of daily routines.

Robert has found the FST has highly complimented his massage therapy treatments and provided his clients with improved range, reduced pain and overall well-being.

 
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