In Fitness, Wellness

Movement Integrity with Fascial Stretch Therapy by: Michael Okech

Aches, stiffness, joint pain, “my back hurts”, “my knees, my ankles, my shoulders….”. These are physical ailments we’ve all either experienced or have heard a friend, colleague or family member complain about. Many of these chronic problems are caused by poor movement, poor function and or not enough movement. As we age, the wear and tear take its toll on our bodies and our modern lifestyle does not help. Things like seated office jobs, computer living, our cell phone posture and many others can cause muscular and postural imbalances, fascial adhesions, nerve impingement and poor circulation. Our tissue shortens and thickens making us tighter so we move less and the less we move the shorter and thicker our tissue gets starting a repetitive cycle. Some of the activities we do to stay healthy like running, cycling and weightlifting in only one plane of movement, if overdone, can also cause similar problems.

The human structure complex and the best approach to address these issues with our tissues is one rooted in prevention, movement integrity, prehab and proper recovery. This is where Fascial Stretch Therapy comes in.

Fascial Stretch Therapy is a table based partner assisted stretching technique that works along fascial lines (anatomy trains) and mobilizes the entire joint working muscle and fascia. A typical session would start with a movement assessment to help determine restricted areas and any compensatory patterns. Once the client is on the Table, the therapist starts with gentle traction, oscillation and circumduction decompressing the joint, lengthening tissue and relaxing the body into its parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). Using a stretch wave, the therapist takes the joint through various angles gradually increasing range of motion. This stretches and relaxes the tissue that originates from the joint while unĀ­sticking fascial adhesions and bringing mobility and flexibility to its full potential.

After a session you will feel more open, loose and fluid. You will move better with more ease and will want to explore that new movement capacity. The session will end with you repeating the movement assessment and comparing the feel and range before and after the session. Fascial Stretch Therapy is not only extremely effective, it also feels GREAT. The Mercedes Club has just added Fascial Stretch Therapy to its range of services.

Sign up for a session with Michael and SET IT FREE WITH FST.