Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST)
Pro athletes and sports superstars share one thing in common – optimal flexibility. However, each training session creates tightening of the muscles and often adhesions in connective tissue. Even non-athletes develop tightness and dry joints from lack of movement. And for athletes, it’s imperative to have maximal flexibility, both to prevent injury but also to perform optimally.
Despite our best intentions and efforts people often either don’t create the time to stretch on a regular basis, they may not know how to target their stretches to focus on the offending muscles or joints, and they may not know how hard or long to hold those stretches. Assisted stretching can be very beneficial for post-workout soreness (called DOMS, or delayed onset muscle soreness) in the 24-48 hours after a hard workout or game.
The solution to these problems is to have a professional use sports stretching techniques to enhance recovery after hard workouts or games. Flexibility is possibly the most important factor in the longevity of an athlete and is a key in the prevention and recovery of sports injuries. For athletes, flexibility and proper stretching play a very important role for enhancing performance, rehabilitation, and wellness.
Individuals can maintain a healthier homeostatic, pain-free state, and enjoy a better quality of lifestyle through restoring flexibility through proper stretching, especially when it’s assisted stretching. Our half-hour or full hour stretch sessions are the same as athletes get in the training room and are conducted by a kinesiologist.
Who can Benefit?
Whether you are training for a fun-run, marathon, if you are a weekend warrior or are an office worker who just has poor posture and too much stress, sport stretching can be a great benefit. You just have to try one session to see the amazing results!
What can I expect in a treatment?
You will need to wear work-out clothes. While you are lying on the table, the therapist will move your body and limbs into various positions of stretch. You will be guided through a sequence of cued movements as the therapist gently applies the stretch. This assisted stretching provided by the therapist enhances the effectiveness of the stretches creating greater flexibility than you might achieve on your own.
These sessions are booked as a regular kinesiology appointment.
Soft Tissue Release (STR) is a dynamic, highly effective technique that has an immediate and powerful effect on muscle and connective tissue. STR is a combination of Myofascial Release, Therapeutic Massage, and Active Assisted Stretching. The technique involves applying precise pressure during a specific stretch performed in multiple planes of movement. The goal is to appeal to the autonomic nervous system in a way that leads to spontaneous release of the injured muscle, thus regaining the original resting length of that muscle. The result: fast and permanent reorganization of scar tissue, the targeted muscle(s) return to the proper resting length, muscle imbalances are corrected, associated pain is decreased or eliminated altogether, and muscle performance is improved. Results are often obtained quickly and permanently. These techniques can be applied to soft tissue injuries in both acute and chronic situations.
Where can STR be used and who can benefit?
STR can be incorporated into any type of therapist-assisted stretching or other manual therapy techniques. The techniques are simple to administer and can be performed in many settings – in the gym, therapy clinic and at an field or arena sports event. STR is very effective on both acute pain and chronic pain. Clients injured in sports, at work, or with injuries incurred over time, can all benefit from STR.
- Lower leg injuries – Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Shin Splints, Ankle Sprains, Foot and Arch pain, Sesamoiditis, Hammer and Claw toes.
- Knee problems – Patellar Femoral Syndrome, ITB Friction Syndrome, Jumper’s Knee, Adductor and Hamstring Strains.
- Low Back – chronic and acute pain treatment – Learn to successfully eliminate low back pain both acute and chronic following a very simple yet effective protocol.
- Shoulder and upper body problems – Releases for Deltoids, Supraspinatus, Levator Scapulae, Latissimus Dorsi, Rhomboids, Trapezius, Pectoralis Major and Minor, Biceps, Triceps, Frozen Shoulder, Intercostals and Respiratory Muscles.
- Neck pain – Whiplash – chronic and acute neck pain.
- Elbow pain – Tennis and Golfer’s elbow.
- Forearm and Hand – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and De Quervain’s Syndrome.