This stretching technique is pain-free, and it will not only improve flexibility and range of motion, but it will also increase strength, balance, coordination, posture, and body awareness.
Fascial Stretch Therapy, or FST, is an assisted manual stretching technique that is done on a massage table with a leg secured down for maximal results. FST’s focus is to elongate, align, and balance the fascia (connective tissue that runs throughout the body). The results one can get from just one session are unparalleled to any other body therapy.
What makes FST better than self-stretching?
One of the most important aspects of FST is "traction." Traction can be defined as a sustained pulling force applied mechanically to part of the body. A therapist can manually apply this force to a specific joint or muscle group with the correct angle, intensity, and duration. Although this can be done with an outside object like a resistance band or an inversion table, traction is extremely difficult to accomplish on your own. The reason traction isn't as effective when doing it on your own, is relaxation. You can't entirely relax the nervous system when you are applying your own force.
On a massage table with a therapist doing the work, you can completely relax, concentrate on your breathing, and put your nervous system into a parasympathetic (calming) state. This is the state your body needs to be in to make gains in your flexibility, range of motion, imbalances, and dysfunctions.
Another important aspect of FST is targeting the entire joint. 47% of restricted or tight fascia lies in the joint capsule, making it extremely significant in relation to increasing range of motion.
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