What is fascial therapy?

Sharing similarities to a spider’s web, fascia is a specialized system of our body. This sheet of connective tissue is densely woven, interpenetrating every bone, nerve, artery, vein, muscle and all of our internal organs including the brain, spinal cord and lungs. The fascial system is a continuous structure existing from our head to toe without any interruption; it forms our internal soft tissue architecture. There are three main types of fasciae, namely:

  • Superficial fascia – Commonly associated with skin
  • Deep fascia – Commonly associated with bones, muscles, blood vessels and nerves
  • Visceral fascia – Commonly associated with internal organs

Fascial therapy refers to the usage of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization technique (IASTM) to break down fascial adhesions, and treat the affected areas with appropriate amount of pressure. Sharing similarities to Traditional Chinese Medicine’s Gua Sha, it is said to be its modern evolution and improved version. However, note that Gua Sha is not used in musculoskeletal treatments.

How does fascial therapy work?

The specialist therapist begins each session by conducting a physical assessment and evaluation of the affected areas before tailoring an individualized therapy catering to your needs. IASTM is a non-invasive treatment which effectively locates and treats soft tissue dysfunction. The ergonomic design of the instruments allows the practitioner to put patients in active positions to stretch, and bring blood flow to affected areas by treating it with appropriate pressure.

Why should i do fascial therapy?

Fascial therapy is clinically proven to help patients improve their strength, range of motion as well as pain perception following treatment. The scar tissues surrounding the affected areas are found to be reduced and structurally remodeled after IASTM applications. It can effectively treat areas that exhibit chronic inflammation, degeneration or soft tissue fibrosis.

Some conditions that are proven effective after fascial therapy include:

  • Neck pain
  • Myofascial restrictions and pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Acute ankle sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Ligament sprains

Are You Ready to Experience Fascial Therapy with Our Experts in TAP?

Try fascial therapy with our experts in TAP which can often provide pain relief and better fascial line alignment. Our team of fascial therapists is well equipped with the skills and knowledge to assist you in relieving your discomfort and improving your range of motion as well as strength.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists, and let us address your problems. Your complete recovery after an injury or surgery can become a reality with us at TAP!