Stretching Fascia Treatment
by Ashley Black
Stretching Fascia Treatment (SFT) produces dramatic results quicker and way beyond that of known stretching techniques. The foundation of SFT is based on the knowledge that the fascia system is the ultimate restrictor. If fascia is tight, then muscles and joints have no chance of lengthening. Whether SFT is performed by a practitioner or by yourself, fascia is the first structure to be addressed. Once structural fascia and inter-structural fascia is open, stretching the plasticity (permanent) parts of the muscle can occur.
SFT utilizes the body’s defense mechanisms to allow stretching beyond the normal capacity. There is a reflex in our brain (inverse myotactic reflex) that releases muscles and fascia in a six to ten-second window of opportunity where “unguarded” stretching can occur. When someone stretches in this unguarded way, you can move the muscles and fascia into a range of motion that will not rebound, creating a permanent change in flexibility. This method is commonly referred to as PNF (proprioseptive neuromuscular facilitation), but for the first time, this method is being applied to fascia lines and kinetic chains instead of isolating muscles. The results are many times faster than yoga, Pilates, and other traditional stretching methods.
Keeping in mind that SFT is an additional method to accomplish Structural Integrity, the goal is to create a permanent change in structure. With the additional understanding of fascia and PNF, one can incorporate this type of stretching into their rehabilitative program and their life long strategies for overall wellbeing. SFT can be applied to any part of the body, making it a solution for many issues. Our I.C.E.® exercises incorporate SFT into every movement pattern and can be performed at home.