Fascial Stretch Therapy® is a neuromyofascial manual therapy that focuses on the connective tissue system rather than isolated muscle or fascia treatment. We assess passive, active and resisted movements in functional positions as well as on the treatment table.
The approach starts with assessment and treatment where needed at the deepest part of the connective tissue system – the joint capsule. It progresses through all the layers of fascia, ending with the superficial layer. Where the central or peripheral nervous system is restricted or not optimal in movement, proper neural mechanics is restored. Muscles that were inhibited are activated while those that are over activated are normalized.
When appropriate, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) is combined with the fascial stretch therapy to offer greater results.
Research in sport science and other disciplines repeatedly demonstrates that stretching using specific proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) techniques yields the most gains in range of motion in the shortest amount of time. PNF was developed in the 1940s as a complete system and philosophy of rehabilitation that used principles of neurological reflexes to improve the functioning of the body in people who had polio and other neurological disorders. Since research at that time demonstrated that PNF worked so well with that population, modified PNF techniques were developed for people who participated in athletics and wanted the benefits of increased flexibility and strength. PNF is also beneficial for individuals who are hyper mobile and have lack of stability.