Fascial Manipulation Technique

Fascial manipulation is a massage technique designed for the connective tissues between muscles, ligaments, and tendons, known as fascia. Fascia are fibrous, elastic tissues populated with nerves. Though overlooked until relatively recently, fascia are an essential part of the musculoskeletal system.

What is fascial manipulation technique?

Fascial manipulation involves two main massage therapy techniques: generating heat with short, fast strokes, and redistributing fluid with long, slow strokes.

The therapist usually starts by palpating the surface to find areas of rigidity. They then create friction with short, fast strokes in order to produce heat. Once the area is warm, the therapist uses long, slow strokes to move fluid out of the tissues and into surrounding cavities.

How does fascial technique work?

Heat produces a chemical reaction to reduce inflammation. Fluid movement allows built-up toxins to drain from tissues. The combination relieves pain and stiffness in the surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Because fascia are an integral part of the musculoskeletal system, fascial manipulation technique can improve its overall function.

Is fascial technique right for me?

Fascial technique is likely just one part of a massage therapy treatment plan. The best way to determine whether fascial technique can help you is to undergo assessment by a registered massage therapist.

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