Fascial Manipulation® Stecco Method
Fascial manipulation is a revolutionary manual therapy approach to the treatment of myofascial movement dysfunction. This technique was developed by Italian physiotherapist Luigi Stecco over 40 years ago and has been taught in Europe for over 16 years. Fascial manipulation has recently begun gaining popularity in the United States and there are only a handful of certified instructors here including our very own Dr. Colleen Whiteford PT, DPT.
What are the main concepts of fascial manipulation?
Fascia is an important connective tissue that is present all throughout the body. Fascia surrounds all organs, bones, muscle, and nerve fibers. Although once thought of as merely a container for the tissue inside of it, we now know it has an important sensory function. Treatment of the fascia directly affects the signals being sent to the brain and helps keep muscles working in a coordinated fashion. As determined through numerous dissections and clinical practice, it is necessary to treat the fascia along specific pathways based on its anatomy and physiology to produce the desired outcome. This approach heavily emphasizes identifying the areas of myofascial dysfunction based on an in depth patient interview and a thorough physical examination rather than merely focusing on the area of complaint.
What can be treated by Fascial Manipulation?
Fascial Manipulation can be used to treat many conditions throughout the body ranging from common musculoskeletal conditions, including joint pain, to internal dysfunction, such as constipation. The important part of this approach is it works to restore normal soft tissue mobility which maximizes ease of movement and decreases muscle and joint stress. Even in situations where significant joint wear or arthritis is present, patients can generally experience improvement from this treatment approach. For more information, Contact Us Today at Pinehurst, NC & Harrisonburg, Strasburg & Broadway, VA Centers.