20 ways Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is different from Assisted Stretching

Fascial Stretch Therapy is the focus of Healix in both Grand Rapids, MI and Naples, FL however we do have Massage and Thai Flex Fusion at both locations as well!

  1. FST is a system of stretching that focuses on the fascia, a type of connective tissue in the body, whereas assisted stretching generally focuses on muscle tissue.
  2. FST uses gentle, flowing movements to stretch the fascia, while assisted stretching often involves more static holds and aggressive stretching.
  3. FST is typically performed by a certified therapist or practitioner, whereas assisted stretching can be performed by anyone, including a friend or personal trainer.
  4. FST is typically performed on a massage table, while assisted stretching can be done on the floor or any flat surface.
  5. FST involves the use of specialized straps and tables to aid in stretching the fascia, while assisted stretching generally relies on manual manipulation.
  6. FST is often done in a slow, deliberate manner to allow the fascia to release gradually, while assisted stretching may involve more rapid movements.
  7. FST often involves stretching multiple areas of the body simultaneously, while assisted stretching generally focuses on one area at a time.
  8. FST can be used to improve mobility and range of motion, while assisted stretching is often used to alleviate muscle tightness and tension.
  9. FST can help to reduce pain and inflammation, while assisted stretching may not have as significant an impact on these issues.
  10. FST can help to improve athletic performance by increasing flexibility and mobility, while assisted stretching may not have as much impact on performance.
  11. FST can be used to improve posture and alignment, while assisted stretching may not have as much impact on these issues.
  12. FST can be used to reduce stress and promote relaxation, while assisted stretching may not have as significant an impact on these issues.
  13. FST can help to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, while assisted stretching may not have as much impact on these issues.
  14. FST is often used in conjunction with other therapies, such as massage and chiropractic care, while assisted stretching is often used as a standalone therapy.
  15. FST is often customized to the specific needs of the individual, while assisted stretching may be more general in nature.
  16. FST can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, injury, and neurological disorders, while assisted stretching may have more limited applications.
  17. FST can be performed on individuals of all ages and fitness levels, while assisted stretching may not be appropriate for everyone.
  18. FST requires specialized training and certification, while assisted stretching does not.
  19. FST typically involves longer sessions than assisted stretching, which may be shorter in duration.
  20. FST is often more expensive than assisted stretching due to the specialized training and equipment required.