Fascial Stretch Therapy

What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?

Examples of Fascia

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is an efficient and effective manual therapy technique developed by Ann and Chris Frederick. FST is a therapist assisted mobility, stretching and flexibility manual therapy method. Fascial Stretch Therapy is a neuromyofascial manual therapy method which focuses on the connective tissue system rather than isolated muscle treatment. FST therapists assess active, passive, and resisted range of motion in functional positions and movements. FST is initiated with a passive and active assessment of mobility followed by manual treatment in the involved regions within the connective tissue system. Therapy is initiated at the deepest level specifically the joint capsule and progresses through all layers of fascia leading to the superficial layer.

The goal of FST is to restore proper neural mechanics where the central or peripheral nervous system is restricted and/or when movement is not optimal. This therefore leads to the activation of muscles that were previously inhibited as well as normalizing muscle groups which were hyperactive. A home exercise program will be prescribed in order to allow the patient to be an active partner on their journey to health, wellness, and an active life.

Meet our Fascial Stretch Therapist:

Tiana Ringer

Tiana Ringer

Fascial Stretch Therapist

Tiana Ringer is a physical therapist from Canada and is currently working on obtaining her license in the state of California. Tiana received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from York University and her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from McGill University. Tiana brings a wealth of knowledge to SportsFit. Tiana has been practicing since 2012 and is certified in Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST), Functional Movement Systems (FMS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), evidence based acupuncture, functional neurological orthopaedic rehabilitation, muscle activation, myofascial release with dynamic movement (Active Release Technique), and utilizes micro-current therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Tiana’s movement experience ranges from intensive classical dance training, strength training, professional coaching in Olympic Weightlifting, professional wrestling, Muay Thai kickboxing, and aerial acrobatics. She applies her knowledge of body movement, combined with her theoretical studies, and works to identify the root cause of her client’s pain and dysfunction. As a physical therapist, Tiana has mentored with head therapists from professional sports teams in the CFL and NHL. Tiana has also been treating athletes with concussions since 2014 integrating functional neurology, visual occulomotor exercises, imPACT baseline concussion testing, and advice on evidence based supplementation.

Treatment Philosophy:
Tiana believes that the key to health is a trifecta: Movement, Nutrition, and Mental Health. Health is subjective. An individual can be healthy, however, optimal health is maximizing one’s potential.