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What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?

Fascial Stretch Therapy Scarborough

Ever try and twist your body into a position to try and get a good stretch? Love the way your body feels after a relaxing deep yoga class? Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is all of that in a practitioner assisted session. Similar to Thai massage, a Fascial Stretch Therapist holds and manipulates the client’s body into dynamic and passive stretches that cannot be achieved on their own. FST specifically targets and unwinds the different fascial nets that run through the body.

Exactly what is Fascia?

We are made up of more than just skin, muscle and bones. There is a network of connective tissue that integrates and wraps throughout the body that keeps us upright and aligned. It’s encompassing, from head to toe, connecting deep internal organs to external skin. When certain areas are tight or weak, it causes a chain reaction that impacts others parts of the body.

Fascial Stretch Therapy is not just a treatment but also a diagnostic method that can identify patterns and areas of dysfunction. By combining the use of breath, traction, and movement, FST effectively opens up all these restrictions. This is a form of movement therapy that can be beneficial for everyone at all levels of strength and mobility. From helping athletes enhance performance and improve recovery, to desk workers, to ease that chronic built up tension.

What is FST Good For?

● Limited range of motion post injury or surgery
● Reduced flexibility and mobility from sports or weightlifting
● Nerve impingements (sciatica, thoracic outlet syndrome, etc)
● Movement and strength imbalances (squats, bench presses, etc)
● Low back, hip, upper neck pain and tension
● Chronic nagging aches and pains
● Decreasing stress

What to expect during and after a Fascial Stretch Therapy Session

Stretches take place on a massage table with the client wearing stretchy/exercise clothes. There will be a lot of focus on deep abdominal breathing and allowing the body and joints to relax as the therapist slowly works your body into the different stretches. The stretch should be pain-free, but felt deeply and along those fascial trains. It’s not uncommon to feel what looks like a “hip stretch” in the mid/upper back. That’s the beauty of FST.

After a stretch session you can expect improved joint mobility, range of motion, decrease in pain and tension. It can also improve recovery time and performance for sports and training. Realigning the fascia in the body also directly impacts our internal systems as well. By opening up the hips and the abdomen it can have a positive impact on digestion, bowel movements, menstruation regularity and cramping, just to name a few. Improving chest and thoracic mobility improves our ability to breathe normally, allowing for deeper breaths.

Most of all FST is an amazing modality to down-regulate the nervous system. Chronic prolonged stress (good or bad, psychological or mechanical), as we all know, has detrimental impacts on any living thing. By calming the nervous system, we allow our bodies to rest and digest which is key to a good quality of life.

How Can Fascial Stretch Therapy Help You?

Check out some of these instagram posts for more information on how Fascial Stretch Therapy can help you relieve pain, improve range of motion, and increase your mobility!

Did you know fascial stretch therapy (FST) was initially used by professional athletes regularly to improve performance, improve flexibility and help prevent injury.

So what is FST? It is a unique and complementary system of table-based assisted stretching, focusing on the muscles and connective tissue that surround and encompass the joints. 

When fascia and joint capsules are restricted, it can lead to conditions such as osteoarthritis, increased muscle tightness, strains, tendinopathies, headaches, scar tissue formation, decreased blood flow and lower energy levels. 

Fascial Stretch Therapy to Improve Tight Hip Flexors

For most people the biggest culprit for tight hip flexors are what we all do every day: sitting at our desks!

Common signs that you may have tight hip flexors besides the obvious of experiencing tightness in the hips are:

▪️Tightness or ache in your lower back
▪️Poor posture
▪️Pain or Tightness in your neck
▪️Pain in your glute

Fascial Stretch Therapy in conjunction with simple at home exercises such as glute bridges, mountain climbers and single leg squats can really help strengthen and loosen the hip flexors to alleviate some of the Tightness and pain.

Meet Our Fascial Stretch Therapist

Fascial Stretch therapist

Rex Abergas, RMT, FST Level 2

“When the client trusts you with their health, you give them everything you can and help them get to where they want to get as much as you possibly can.”

Axis Therapy is proud to be one of the few clinics in Scarborough to offer Fascial Stretch Therapy!

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Abigail LopezAbigail Lopez
20:28 30 Mar 22
Had an amazing massage experience with Emma! I prefer heavy pressure for my massages, I get deep tissue and Emma did not disappoint! She was able to hit all the necessary spots to relieve tension in my body. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Wayne HalungaWayne Halunga
04:26 21 Feb 22
Dr.Lim(b) - pun intended- is amazing.She’s incredibly patient and you get a real sense that she not only cares about you as a patient, but also you as a person.After every session I feel encouraged and excited to for what exercises and goals that she sets for me to help myself!I’ve finally found a chiropractor that actually does their job diligently and is caring.
Joyce BondocJoyce Bondoc
02:18 28 Jan 22
Staff are so welcoming and friendly. An easygoing environment that is clean and well maintained. Received FST with Rex and was not disappointed. He always makes sure that I am comfortable and is super attentive during every appointment I've been to. I'm feeling stronger, flexible and now able to do more and get more out of my workouts.
Krunali DaveKrunali Dave
23:25 07 Jan 22
Axis is the place to go! Be it for Teens, Young Adults, Adults, All Age Range! My family has had great experience with the multiple services they offer. I have been going to Axis for over a year, and can say that the staff is amazing; friendly, helpful, supportive, professional and understanding! A great environment to get treated!
Helen LHelen L
02:24 04 Dec 21
I found Axis by searching top rated clinic of this kind and I am so glad that I tried it. With so many good reviews, I am sure that they are all wonderful professionals, and I started with Dr. Edward and wow, he was amazing! I didn't feel the need to ask a lot of questions as I could feel that I was in good hands. Dr. Edward is an awesome chiropractor, he knows what he does, truly professional. Front desk staff is very friendly and pleasant. And of course, the clinic is very clean. Great experience!
Kirstianne RamosKirstianne Ramos
05:59 01 Dec 21
I've been coming to this clinic for a long time now as I'm beyond satisfied with the services they provide. Very professional and very good customer service. Highly recommended. 👍
Mehreen BasitMehreen Basit
19:24 06 Nov 21
I love this place. It’s my Go To. Dr. Ed is wonderful and so is the rest of the team. I’ve been doing accupuncture on my ankle due to swelling and Dr. Ed is simply amazing. He’s so nice and welcoming, and very educated. He makes you feel very comfortable. The entire staff is awesome as well. They answer any questions in regards to insurance which is really helpful.Thank you guys for everything ☺️

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Axis Therapy & Performance – Physiotherapy, Chiropractor, RMT Scarborough
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