Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a neuromyofascial manual therapy method that places a strong emphasis on the connective tissue system, rather than merely treating isolated muscles. FST involves an extensive assessment that evaluates passive, active, and resisted movements in functional positions as well as on a treatment table.
The FST approach commences with assessing and treating the deepest layer of the connective tissue system, namely the joint capsule. From there, it systematically progresses through all the layers of fascia, concluding with the superficial layer. This approach aims to address any restrictions or suboptimal function in the central or peripheral nervous system, restoring proper neural mechanics. This process can activate previously inhibited muscles and normalize those that are overly activated.
Ultimately, FST includes prescribing a home program for the individual, making them an active participant in their journey toward improved wellness or enhanced sport performance.