Fascial Stretch Therapy™ (FST) is a technique that involves painless assisted stretching that focuses on the neuromyofascial net of the body as a whole for improving flexibility and function. This article explains how to implement the Ten Principles of FST as well as how to perform the initial general assessment of the lower body, allowing you to understand the concepts of FST and to see how it can benefit your patients. This article is an excerpt from Chapter 5 “FST – Lower Body Technique” of the authors’ book Fascial Stretch Therapy. Login or register a free account below to access the contents, key points and discussion questions that accompany the article.
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Ann Frederick ATSI is a former professional dancer, having grown up in her mother’s dance studio, starting to dance at the age of four and to teach dance at 14. She has practised her particular brand of stretch therapy since 1995, which includes both individual and assisted-stretching and group stretch instruction. Ann originally created a unique system of neuromyofascial manual therapy called Fascial Stretch Therapy™ for the USA Men’s Olympic Wrestling Team of 1996. Besides improving professional athletic performance, she soon discovered that FST also rapidly helped other clients with a variety of chronic, unresponsive pain conditions, strength and mobility imbalances and other common musculoskeletal disorders.
Ann and her husband Chris are both certified by Thomas Myers in Anatomy Trains® Structural Integration (ATSI) and are the authors of the popular book Stretch to Win, now in its second edition. Ann and Chris directed their own highly successful centre for Fascial Stretch Therapy, physical therapy/physiotherapy, Structural Integration, chiropractic, acupuncture, sports massage and Pilates for nearly 20 years. They are now Directors of the Stretch to Win Institute, where they offer certification training workshops in Fascial Stretch Therapy.
Chris Frederick PT ATSI has been a physical therapist/physiotherapist since 1989, focusing on manual therapy – particularly with integration of Fascial Stretch Therapy and Anatomy Trains® Structural Integration – along with personalised movement prescription to restore function. He has an extensive background in dance, both as a professional dancer of contemporary ballet, as well as being a practitioner in the specialty of dance physical therapy/physiotherapy. Chris is also well versed as an instructor and practitioner of the movement and healing arts of tai chi and qigong. He is a co-author with Thomas Myers of the chapter on stretching in the seminal book Fascia: The tensional network of the human body edited by Robert Schleip, Leon Chaitow et al.
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