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What is Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST)?
Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a pain-free, unique, complete, and complementary system of table-based assisted stretching, focusing on the fascia and joint capsule as the key elements in achieving optimal flexibility, strength, performance, and pain relief. FST is one of the quickest, most effective, and most pleasant methods to eliminate pain, restore function, move and feel better in activities of life, fitness, and sports!
Fascial stretch therapy improves the mobility of your nerves and the flexibility of your muscles and fascia by focusing on the fascial lines that connect through and wrap around muscle, nerves, organs, and just about everything else in your body.
What Is The Main Goal of Fascial Stretch Therapy?
FST works with your fascia (the connective tissue that runs the length of your body and holds your muscles, bones and joints together). Instead of stretching isolated muscles, FST targets multiple lines of fascia at a time. This comprehensive approach not only provides immediate pain relief and a drastic increase in mobility, it also relieves anxiety by resetting the nervous system.
Contact our Fascial Stretch Therapists at Body & Mind Osteopathic Clinic, one of the best osteopathic practices in Toronto, to learn more about how FST could help reduce your pain and and improve your fitness performance.
Who Should Consider Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST)?
People of all ages can benefit from FST™, including anyone who has been cleared by a physician for stretching and active movement, fitness enthusiasts, and athletes of all levels.
- Those with chronic back pain. Oftentimes, chronic back pain is associated with muscle tightness and joint stiffness; general weakness, fear of movement, and certain activities; and lack of mobility. FST can help to eliminate your pain and restore function so you can return to your normal life.
- Those who regularly train. When you’re training regularly, you need your body to recover quickly. FST improves blood flow to tired muscles, which helps you to recover faster from your tough training sessions with less soreness.
- Those who sit too much. Decreased blood flow to your legs can lead to a myriad of health issues. Not to mention stiffness and tightness in the glutes, hamstrings, lower back, and neck. FST improves circulation and wakes up all those sitting muscles.
- Those with degenerative joint disease or arthritis. Both chronic issues are related to and cause decreased joint space and lack of movement at the joint. FST can help slow the process of degeneration by keeping the affected joints lubricated and moving in a safe, pain free way.
- Those with poor posture. Over time our tissues adaptively shorten and weaken as we maintain poor posture throughout the day. FST helps restore alignment and proprioception in joints while unraveling the tension poor posture creates.
- Those who are active. FST can help you to run faster, lift heavier, boost endurance, improve coordination, and increase flexibility.
- Those rehabbing an injury. Feel like your recovery has plateaued? Through FST, your therapist can help increase your range of motion by eliminating adhesions and allowing your body to get rid of unnecessary compensations.
- Those who are stressed. Stuck in fight or flight mode – racing mind, trouble sleeping, constipated? FST, helps pull you into a more parasympathetic state (rest and digest), which allows our body and mind to relax and let go of excess tension, promoting a deeper, restful sleep.
- Those who need help stretching. How far, how long, how often? FST assessment and treatment can give you a great idea of areas to focus on. What corners of your joint are restricted, what your pattern of movement is. There is no better way to learn than FEELING IT!
- Those who do not like Massage. FST is a great way to achieve the relaxation and decreased tension of a massage, without the sometimes uncomfortable action of undressing, etc.
What are the benefits of FST?
- Decreased pain
- Increased mobility
- Reduced vulnerability to injury
- Improved posture, circulation, and joint health
- Improved physiology such as sleep, digestion, and energy
- Corrected structural imbalances (ex. leg length discrepancies).
- Down regulated nervous system for post activity restoration, regeneration, and lymph flush
- Up regulated nervous system for pre activity dynamic warm-up, corrective work and/or mental – emotional athletic preparation
- Makes you feel and look younger
- Makes you stronger
- Makes you taller
- Healthier bones
- Better range of motion
What To Expect From Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) Treatment?
For the first few minutes of your appointment, you’ll speak to your therapist about what you’re looking for. Your therapist will assess your mobility and then using slow undulating movements, traction, and modified PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation), synchronized with the breath, they will stretch your entire body. It takes a few sessions to fully reap the benefits of FST™, but even after your first session you will feel benefits.
Fascial Stretch Therapy™ (FST) is performed on a traditional massage table. To gain better control and leverage, therapists use stabilization straps to hold limbs in place. This allows the patient to relax while the therapist performs the stretches.