If you haven't heard of fascial stretch therapy, you could be missing out on a critical step toward improved health and optimized athletic performance. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and supports your bones, muscles, and joints. If these tissues become rigid or restricted, they can quickly impact your flexibility and overall joint mobility. Thankfully, fascial stretch therapy offers a powerful solution to keep your fascia pliable and limit your recovery time after surgery, an injury, or sports training.
How is fascial stretch therapy performed?
Like a massage, fascial stretch therapy is performed on a table. A trained professional will manipulate joints, bones, and fascia while you push back. Because this process requires the opposing forces of pushing and pulling, fascial stretch therapy cannot be self-administered. However, the benefits of professionally administered therapy can be substantial, especially with regular visits. Although you'll be very active throughout your visits, you will also likely experience deep relaxation that doesn't often accompany other kinds of massage.
Active people are among those who may benefit most from fascial stretch therapy. The process helps the muscle tissue and nearby fascia relax at the same time, which can reduce soreness and improve blood flow to any given area. It can also rapidly improve your flexibility under optimal health conditions. Many professional athletes have turned to fascial stretch therapy to improve their overall performance and flexibility with impressive results. As an added bonus, some people report increased weight loss with fascial stretch therapy, because working out becomes easier when there is less overall pain and discomfort.
Fascial stretch therapy is useful for injuries, too
Stretching the fascia isn't just for athletes. In fact, it's commonly incorporated into physical therapy after a serious joint injury or surgery. Myofascial release is commonly used by physical therapists. Fascial stretch therapy can help reduce recovery time from the damage, as well as break down scar tissue without the intense pain often associated with manual scar reduction techniques. Fascial stretch therapy also helps improve range of motion and flexibility in the affected joint and associated fascial tissue.
Whether you're interested in fascial stretch therapy to improve your flexibility and athletic performance or to help you recover from an injury or surgery, there are many potential benefits to ongoing sessions. The technique may even help those who struggle with chronic pain obtain a better quality of life. Contact 5focus today to schedule an initial session with our Licensed Massage Practitioner.