When a stretch is performed, it is not the targeted muscle that is primarily stretched, but the fascia that wraps around that muscle. Due to the nature in which the fascia connects the body together, the fascia of the joints and muscles in the surrounding area are also being stretched.
Fascia & Joint Restriction
Healthy fascia is smooth & slides easily, allowing freedom of movement at your joints and between tissues. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to keep your fascia in optimal condition. Lack of activity (ie. prolonged sitting), will cause the once-supple fibres to stick to each other. Chronic stress causes the fascial fibres to thicken in an attempt to protect the underlying tissue. Poor posture, restricted mobility, and repetitive movements pull the fascia into chronically shortened patterns that create imbalances at the joints. These stressors manifest in the fascia as adhesions. These adhesions prevent the fascia from gliding smoothly against other layers of fascia and soft tissue, restricting flexibility and joint range of motion. Therefore, releasing fascial adhesions should be an area of focus when looking to improve flexibility.
Fascial Abrasion Technique Releases Joint Restrictions.
Fascial Abrasion Technique is a pain & bruise free method of releasing fascial adhesions and scar tissue using a steel tool (FAT Tool). The FAT tool is used to scan the body and locate the presence of fascial restrictions. The same instrument is then used to apply precise pressure to reduce fascial tension. FAT quickly releases the fascial adhesions that restrict joint range of motion and limit flexibility. A few minutes focused on one area is sufficient to release fascial adhesions. This allows for time to pair the treatment with exercises to further improve flexibility and build strength in the greater range of motion that is accessible after FAT treatment.
Joint Mobility Training Builds Sustainable Flexibility Results.
The development of fascial adhesions and soft tissue tension is the body’s way of creating stability where the surrounding musculature fails to do so. Pairing soft tissue release with corrective exercise to build strength and control in the new range of motion is essential to achieving sustainable flexibility results. Without building the strength and coordination to actively access the new range of motion made available by soft tissue release, the soft tissue will tighten again to protect the body from injury in a range of motion it cannot stabilize and control.
Joint Mobility Training involves actively taking a joint through its full range of motion repetitively with the intention of increasing the range of motion with each repetition. This is a great way to build strength and control while increasing your flexibility. Joint Mobility Training is particularly effective after Fascial Abrasion as the FAT treatment releases the adhesions that restrict joint range of motion.
Fascial Abrasion Technique opens up the range of motion and Joint Mobility Training builds strength and control in the new range of motion. The result is rapid & sustainable flexibility results.
Fascial Abrasion Technique is performed in Toronto by Austin Norris. Read more about Austin and his services here