Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST)

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Fascial Stretch Therapy™ focuses on the body’s most abundant tissue, fascia.

When anatomy books were first written, they contained drawings of the muscular, nervous and skeletal systems. But the early anatomists largely ignored the connective tissue, fascia, that held everything in place.

So, fascia one of the most important components of structure, function and movement went largely neglected for centuries.

Over the last 15 years fascia has been popularised and researched. Although not everything is known of fascia in functional terms within a living organism, its importance has started to become recognised by the wider medical community.

Fascia
Living fascia

Fascial stretch therapy (FST) integrates muscle energy techniques (MET), and joint tractions, to deliver a powerful stretch-based therapy unlike any other. Underpinning the techniques and perhaps what makes it standout in effectiveness, is the work of Thomas Myers as published in his book, Anatomy Trains.

FST treatments are performed on a therapy couch using comfortable fabric straps to stabilise the limbs, as well as other parts of the body that are not being treated. By stabilising the patient on the therapy couch, the therapist is better able to apply traction to a joint before a limb is stretched.

This systematic use of traction, alongside MET’s, assisted stretching and underpinning knowledge of Anatomy Trains, make this a highly effective treatment.

Below is a few minutes of a Fascial Stretch Therapy demonstration, borrowed from Rebalance Sports Medicine, based in Toronto.

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