Fascia is a microscopic web-like fiber of connective tissue made up of collagenous tissues throughout the human body. Fascia penetrates through and wraps around the joints, muscles, nerves, organs, and just about everything else in your body. The health of our muscles, joints, arteries, veins, brain, and even interoceptive awareness, which is the individual's subjective sense of the inner body is determined by the health and flexibility of our fascia. When the bodies under stress physically, mentally, and emotionally, we can wind up our fascia which can make the cells in our body stiffer, and we amp up our sympathetic nervous system, which is our “Fight or Flight Mode”.
A vicious cycle can occur, as our body becomes tighter, the more fascia stiffens, the more pressure is placed on the nerves within these tissues. The less mobile our muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments become, the more our “Fight or Flight” response turns on and the more pain we experience.
FST™ is a very efficient and effective therapy technique created by Ann and Chris Frederick. FST™ is a therapist-assisted manual therapy where a certified practitioner assists the client in stretching by moving them through an active, passive, and resisted range of motion. This therapy targets the neuromyofascia, not just the muscles, which allows for relief at the deepest levels, specifically the joint capsules, and progresses through all layers of fascia leading to the superficial layers.
There is a problem with the current paradigm in the world of stretching. Some experts may argue that stretching pre and post-training provides zero benefits, and provides no protection from injury and post-exercise soreness. However, there are mountains of testimonial evidence that supports stretching to meet these claims. The other problem with traditional stretching is that most studies on this topic are done on the effects of “static stretching”. Static stretching on hyperactive muscles creates an increase of tension on the joints, which then compresses the tiny nerves and can cause pain.
The goal of FST™ is to down-regulate the nervous system, taking you out of “Fight or Flight”, and restore proper myoneural (muscle and mind) mechanics in areas that were once restricted, improving optimal movement pain-free! With FST™ there is no pain, not even discomfort because the practitioner uses traction to move the arms, legs, spine, and neck in a smooth motion through varying planes of movement, relaxing the nervous system. Using traction also decompresses the joints which take the pressure off nerves and also allow synovial joint fluid to develop and lubricate the joint capsule.