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Stretching That Lasts

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Are you tired of feeling tight and not getting anywhere with stretching? Listen, I’ve been there and I’ve tried everything. Sometime the body needs stretching but often it isn’t ready for it. For example, if you’ve been sedentary, recently injured, or over-active, your muscle and fascia can be so stuck together that stretching is not going to be effective. At least, not by itself. In these cases, I recommend a deep tissue or myofascial release massage first, followed by a stretching session. This will release adhesions allowing for the tissues to glide and move freely again. Now, when stretching and lengthening the fibers, they won’t pull on each other and resist releasing as much as before.

Where do I start?

I recommend beginning with deep tissue massage or myofascial release massage before starting a stretch routine, or if you’ve tried stretching regularly, but are not seeing the results you were hoping for. If you’ve had a massage recently, consider scheduling a consultation with a qualified stretch therapist. I recommend therapists trained in Fascial Stretch Therapy, or certified with the NSCA as a CSCS, a Physical Therapist, or a licensed massage therapist. Be careful when working with personal trainers who are fresh out of school and may not have the hands-on experience or in-depth knowledge of stretching protocols.

Is all stretching created equally?

There are many types of stretching, however, not all are safe or effective for everyone. There is passive stretching, or assisted stretching, where a therapist is moving your body around for you. There is active stretching like dynamic warm-up stretches before a sport, or yoga ,which is a combination of various types of active stretching. There is ballistic stretching, which is not recommended, but can still be seen in some athletic and military training programs around the world. There are also various types of assisted stretching techniques often seen in rehab settings like contract-relax, PNF, CRAC, and FST.

What is FST?

FST is short for Fascial Stretch Therapy and has grown in popularity over the last 12 years. FST’s style of stretching is highly targeted and effective because of the way it works with your body’s connective tissue structure and nervous system. It works deep in the joint capsule and slowly works its way out to unravel tension that is impossible to reach by direct manual pressure. I had been practicing yoga and sports stretches for years before experiencing FST and I will never forget how I felt after getting off of the table My hips and back were so free and open. I could squat and walk easier. And the best part was that my flexibility never regressed! I was even sitting over 50 hours per week in grad school at the time and it has never tightened back up to the degree that it was before.

If you’re interested in trying FST or learning about other forms of stretching for health and performance, please reach out so I can help you find the best fit for your needs and goals.