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What is Fascial Stretching? Does It Really Work?

What Is Fascial Stretch Therapy?

Fascial Stretch Therapy, also known as FST is pain-free assisted stretching that was originally used by professional athletes to optimize their performance. Now it is helping thousands of people relieve chronic pain, muscle tension and mobility restrictions. Fascial stretching focuses on your fascia (the connective tissue that holds your muscles, bones and joints together). Instead of stretching isolated muscles, we aim to target 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.

Short answer, YES! Stretch therapy techniques increase flexibility in both the short and long term. The range of motion in a given area typically increases immediately after a fascial stretch therapy session. However, when you regularly combine one of our fascial stretch massage sessions, RMT + Fascial Stretch  with continued stretching at home at least two to three times per week, the range of motion increases become more permanent. Connective tissue structures and resting muscle length will adapt to the stretch therapy and maintain improved flexibility. Long-term flexibility and improved mobility is the goal of stretch therapy. As such, you must consistently do your stretching routine to see meaningful improvements. Stretch therapy increases range of motion, improves movement quality, and reduces injury risk.


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Benefits Of Stretching

The benefits of stretching are extensive. From helping those with chronic back, neck, shoulder and hip pain or stiffness to improving your overall confidence by correcting poor posture. Stretching can also:

  • Reduce risk of injury
  • Reduce or eliminate tight muscles
  • Reduce or eliminate stiff joints
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve posture
  • Make you feel and look younger
  • Make you stronger
  • Healthier bones
  • Better range of motion

 

Fascial Stretching Massage Toronto

A fascial stretch massage at Aligned One Wellness, like all of our treatments, we focus on the whole person. After going over your health history form, your Registered Massage Therapist will discuss your needs as well as answer any concerns or questions you might have. Stretches and various massage techniques will be used to release tension, reduce pain and improve mobility and flexibility. Sound, colour and aromatherapy will be used to relax body, mind and spirit and hot towels and our calm space, add to the experience.

** PLEASE NOTE that if you want a full body massage and stretching you should book 90 minutes or more. The 60 and 75 minute sessions are best when you just need to focus on either upper or lower body only or 2-3 specific areas. **

 

Sources

  • https://www.flxme.ca/services/fascial-stretch-therapy
  • https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness/stretch-therapy#benefits
  • https://www.torontoathleticclub.com/Our-Club/Living-Well-Blog/what-is-fascial-stretch-therapy