WTF is FST?
I was introduced to FST back in my first year as a Personal Trainer and after my first stretch I knew it was the next course I was going to take. After completing the full certification I realized the full benefits of how FST can help anyone whether you are dealing with chronic pain or you are a high level athlete looking to maximize your performance. FST can improve your mobility which will help with your range of motion in all movements and improve your performance whether it’s a sport you play, the quality of your workout or just help improve your posture from having a sedentary job.
Fascial Stretch Therapy was popularized with athletes such as professional golfers, wrestlers, basketball players, and runners but is also very beneficial for anyone needing more flexibility such as office workers and manual labourers.
What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?
Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a system of assisted stretching which focuses on the muscles, joints, and connective tissue. With the client on a treatment table, the therapist will help stabilize their body as they are gently stretched to help facilitate relaxation and movement. FST is a very powerful therapy that can be used to treat many conditions such as facet joint dysfunctions, tight hips, rotator cuff injuries, muscle strains, chronic headaches, knee tracking issues, plantar fasciitis, and pinched nerves.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is a network of layered connective tissue that surrounds muscles, bones and joints. Restricted fascia and joint capsules can lead to conditions such as osteoarthritis, painful movement, increased muscle tightness, strains, tendon injuries, headaches, scar tissue formation, decreased blood flow and reduced energy levels.
What are the benefits of FST?
What makes this therapy different from other flexibility programs is that each stretch begins with a light traction of the joint being treated. This allows for a deeper stretch by creating more space in joint. This is an excellent treatment choice for those wanting to improve flexibility and mobility, recover from training, and prevent injury.
◆Improved posture & muscle function
◆Improved sport specific performance
◆Increase muscular strength and endurance
◆Reduce muscle tension and risk of injury
◆Increase balance and symmetry of the body
◆Reduce muscular soreness and fatigue
◆Help treat symptoms associated with osteoarthritis and facet joint dysfunctions
Interested in learning more? Both Anna and Jay offer FST in-house at CrushCamp. Chat with them after class, or send us an email to book your appointment.