Fascia, AKA The Organ of Form
Fascia is the most prevalent tissue in the body; it is one continuous sheath from head to toe. Supporting and encapsulating every cell, organ, muscle fiber, muscle, ligament, tendon and joint. The Fascial network is a matrix of wet, sticky connective fibers that host the circulatory system, nervous system, and lymphatic system. It groups muscles with similar functional patterns together, termed myofascial meridians. These eight meridians are the road maps within our body, if one of our roads is damaged the rest are soon to follow due to compensation patterns. The body’s structure is made as a compression and tension unit, where one side of the body is under compression and the other side is under tension. When areas of the body is stressed from holding compression or tension too long, the body will develop more layers of connective tissue to protect it from future stress. This fascial adhesion causes stiffness, joint compression, pain, axial deformation, nerve impingement, decrease in circulatory profusion, decrease in proprioception, decrease in range of motion and a decrease performance.
Fascial Stretch Therapy™ (FST)
FST is an assisted stretch technique that is performed by a Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist with the client on a table or ground. A table based session uses comfortable straps to hold down the opposite side of the body to enhance the effectiveness of the stretch. Fascial Stretch Therapy™ is a comprehensive and logical flexibility system; it uses a modified proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) technique to trigger a relaxation response along with traction to decompress the joint capsule all while working along the myofascial meridians. Manual traction allows for maximal lengthening of all the fascial components from inside the joint capsule, ligaments, tendons and muscle tissue, this facilitates in greater gains in range of motion throughout the fascial network. Maximal lengthening allows the fascial webbing to break down layers of connective tissue, relieving the adhesions on or around nerves, within joint capsules, and trigger points within musculature. This technique increases the level of relaxation through joint and muscles receptors that share the same innervation source and that cross near or around the joint.
Who should get FST?
Fascial Stretch Therapy™ can benefit non-athletes to professional athletes. It is the most up to date and cutting edge information and techniques to optimize athletic performance and to reduce the time it takes to return to activity after injury or surgery. FST provides greater and longer lasting gains in range of motion than conventional methods of stretching, improving outcomes in pain management and functional performance. Professional and elite athletes use this system because its provides a complete and clinically proven way to develop sport specific flexibility in a cumulative effect.
How will I feel after FST?
After a FST session you will feel extremely relaxed and comfortable. I recommend scheduling sessions on your “off” day of training or if possible, when you are done with strenuous activities for that day. This will allow for optimal rehabilitation time.
Should I feel sore?
Soreness is dependent on multiple factors and is different from person to person. After a Fascial Stretch Therapy™ session, you can feel muscle soreness and joint stiffness up to 24-72 hours after session. As soreness dissipates, you feel amazing and will be able to feel the improvement in your range of motion.
What should I wear?
Wear loose and comfortable clothing allowing for movement in all directions such as fitness apparel. Please remove jewelry prior to session and have long hair out of the way.
How often should I get FST?
How often depends on many factors and is case specific. For someone who doesn’t have any body issues, I recommend a monthly or bi-monthly FST session to eliminate the adhesions that occurs due to our functional patterns (e.g. driving, work, sleep, walking, daily activity). For a complete flexibility makeover I recommend 10 condensed stretches; 2 FST sessions per week for 2 weeks, then 1 FST session weekly for 4 weeks, and then once every two weeks.
How does FST affects the nervous system?
Fascial Stretch Therapy™ sessions are done with intention to tune the body with the Para-sympathetic nervous system, decreasing muscular tension and tone while relaxing the body for complete recovery. Pre-event FST session is done with intention to tune the nervous system in the Sympathetic system and to stretch the body with sport specific range of motion. Tuning the body in the Sympathetic Nervous system will increase blood flow to muscles, and increase focus in the mind and body to prepare to fully jump into the desired activity. When you tune the nervous system to desired conditions you are enhancing your ability to move as needed during the activity by reducing the risk of injury.
What should you do prior to your first Pilates or FST session?
Print off and fill out and bring it with you to session. Show up 15 minutes prior to go over paperwork or fill out if you haven’t yet. It is beneficial to be hydrated, make sure you consume water before and afterwards. During FST session therapist is reading body receptors to dictated how far to go in ones range of motion. Do not take any muscle relaxers or pain medication prior to sessions due to the reduced sensation to bodily receptors.
- For every 10 years we age, we lose 10% of our range of motion.
- Many factors affect flexibility such as: age, dehydration, adhesions, lack of elasticity of connective tissues in muscles or joints, muscle tension, gender, hormones, length of ligaments or joints, lack of coordination and strength in the case of active movement, inflammation, pain, fear, body mass, temperature, medication, training, vocation, postural, misalignments and much more.
- Tissues need to be warmed up, before they are stretched.
- To achieve a maximal stretch, traction must be used, total elongation of a muscle by moving the origin as far away as possible from the insertion
- Flexibility does not exist as a physical characteristic, but it is joint specific and an action of the joint.
- Real gains in flexibility will occur when you train for flexibility on a regular basis.
- Visualization is a powerful tool; to envision muscles lengthening and relaxing while self-stretching and being stretched is advantageous.
- The right kind of stretching for a specific activity must utilize the correct nervous system to be maximally effective.
- Sacromere’s are capable of increasing over 50% of their resting length.
- To be fully functional, flexibility must be balanced with strength.
A combination of stretching techniques is necessary for optimal flexibility.
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