Fascial Stretch Therapy
Achieve Optimal Flexibility and Reduce Pain
What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?
It is a pain free, table based assisted stretching technique. Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) significantly improves range of motion. It is an evolutionary method of gaining more ease of movement by training the nervous system. It was developed and is taught by Ann Fredrick, a former professional dancer and Chris Frederick, Physiotherapist of Stretch to Win®.
Each assisted stretching session reduces stress and relieves muscle tension. Therefore, you will leave the table feeling rebalanced and moving more freely.
What are the Benefits of FST?
Fascial Stretch Therapy™ reduces passive muscle tension to restore movement and reduce pain associated with many health conditions.
FST™ enables people to return to the activities after an injury. They can go back to enjoying sports like golfing, tennis, gardening, cycling, curling and downhill skiing. This type of assisted stretching helps people stay active, reduce injuries and manage chronic pain as they age.
It has helped people recover from the demands of high performance sport conditioning; get pain relief from fibromyalgia, head aches, lower-back pain; and restore movement from Parkinson’s and frozen shoulder.
What is Flexibility?
" Flexibility is optimal adaptability. Flexibility is a perpetual state of readiness and rapid ability of a person to recruit the necessary amount of physical, mental and emotional strength, speed, agility, stability, balance and mobility to meet a sudden or sustained demand then rapidly and completely recover when that demand is removed.” Chris Frederick, Co-Developer of Fascial Stretch Therapy
Who Benefits from Fascial Stretch Therapy?
FST is used world-wide in high performance sports as well with the general public. Alfred's clients range from active individuals to national level athletes to older adults who are feeling stiff as they age. Their main goal is to move freely again and prevent injury.
Fascial Stretch Therapy appointments are available in North Burnaby at Capitol Hill Athletics and in East Vancouver at C.AT.C.H Physiotherapy and Wellness.
Sven Winter is a retired Team Canada Ski Cross athlete. Hear why he continues to use Fascial Stretch Therapy to keep active.
Kandice sought FST to help her regain hip mobility to return to kickboxing.
In 2007, Alfred Ball was seeking a method to help his clients gain flexibility and freedom to move. That spring he traveled to Arizona to become one of the first three health care professionals to provide Fascial Stretch Therapy in Metro Vancouver. He is a Level II Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist through Stretch to Win.
His clients include Team Canada Rugby and St. FX rugby player Beth McNeil, 2014 Olympic figure skater Liam Firus and Master Jujitsu, tennis and golf athletes as well people seeking relief from chronic pain.
|After recent abdominal surgery, I resumed fascial stretch therapy once I was mobile. Over the past 3 months, FST has helped me to regain the mobility in my hips and core, enabling me to start rebuilding some core strength. I’ve found fascial stretch therapy to be a fantastic method to help my muscles, tendons and ligaments to start working properly again.|
|Claire , Masters Cyclist and Runner|
What is Fascia?
Fascia is a network of connective tissue that surrounds your joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones. Its' mobility is affected by age, trauma, injuries, poor posture and inadequate training which can distort, twist and tighten the fascia. This can cause pain and discomfort in joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and discs.
Changes to the fascia can cause major and minor imbalances in strength, speed, flexibility, balance and agility to name a few, but usually the cause goes undetected because most professionals do not stretch and align the fascia from the joint capsule out to achieve greater range of motion and ease of movement.