KINETIC CHAIN THERAPY
Kinetic Chain is a therapy that works on the connections in the system (muscle, joints, fascia and nerves) that allows its interlinking pieces to produce movement. When one of these links in the human chain doesn’t function efficiently, the whole system can be affected. At The Fix we seek to provide the highest level of care using a truly unique and integrated treatment approach that evaluates and treats the whole person. We strive to improve lives and help those suffering from acute injury and chronic pain, as well as healthy individuals seeking personal improvement or athletes seeking performance enhancement.
Rather than treating symptoms alone, our detailed evaluation process seeks to uncover the root cause of dysfunction. No problem is viewed in isolation. Our whole person approach enables us to treat the entire system to ensure the body works in synergy between all regions. The global approach is designed to prevent recidivism in treatment, provide long lasting relief, and create a sustainable management strategy for the future. Each client will receive a customized treatment plan tailored to fit their individual needs and goals. We may use a variety of tools such as: infrared mat, cupping, myofascial scraping, muscle testing to achieve this goal. We strive to help every client to be the best they can be and live the highest quality of life every day.
Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of therapy directed at bringing a person’s bodily structure into a more harmonious state.
Typically spread out over ten or more sessions, the practitioner works with the client systematically to address the whole body. By breaking the complete structure down into sections, each with individual and collective responsibilities, the practitioner is able to provide ample attention to any structural issue discovered. This process allows systemic change to occur.
For example, many people seek the help of Rolfers® for low back pain. Often the source of the pain is not centered in the back, but instead comes from a complex web of interactions and structures that make up the complete human form. Rolfing® provides a framework with which to understand this complexity, and begin the process of shifting dysfunction into the direction of harmonious balance. Recipients often experience this as the shift of the bodily structure into a more natural alignment e.g. skeletal, musculoskeletal, and postural.
FASCIAL STRETCH THERAPY
The Frederick Stretch Therapy technique leans into the shifting paradigms and treats the whole person, not just a body part. It is pain-free and uses constant circulatory, gently oscillating movements of traction and stabilization to decompress joints and expand space in the soft tissues. The clinician preforms multi-planar movement patterns to treat the fascial lines and whole body, which makes it different from traditional stretching. This results in improved blood flow and recovery, reduced strain in muscles and joints, better posture, and effective pain relief.
Beyond gaining range of motion where needed, one experiences vastly improved kinesthesia (ability to move with ease) and proprioception (sense of one’s posture both when still and in movement). FST not only focuses on the muscle, but also works into the superficial and deep fascial nets of the body. This finely woven web-like structure of connective tissue plays a vital function in stabilization and mobility, which also allows you to transfer force through your muscles. In addition to its mechanical role, fascia also sends sensory information back to your body about its position in space, known as proprioception.
FST targets this sheath of tissue to reduce adhesions and improve elasticity and integrity of its network. Duration of stretches are not counted but are guided to down regulate the nervous system where tension is excessive. The initial stretch is limited to a gentle tissue barrier known as “R-1” (resistance initially felt by the therapist) to ensure the best safety and response of the client. FST also targets the entire joint and joint capsule, using traction to remove restrictions from movement and to stimulate healthy joint function. The use of gentle and slow oscillating movements coordinated with breathing, renders multi-planar movement and more thorough tissue access..
What benefits will the client experience?
- Increased relaxation and reduced stress by down regulating the nervous system for post activity restoration.
- Assist with injury rehab by breaking down scar tissue and increasing range of motion through engaging healthy neuromuscular movement patterns.
- Improves performance by correcting muscle imbalances while reducing muscle tension build-up and overcompensation.
- Improves recovery by facilitating and assisting blood flow to the muscles, joints, and connective tissues.
- Enhances proprioception, the ability to sense position, movement, and force on your body. These proprioceptors are found within our fascia which allow for more awareness when working healthy.
What to Expect in a session
Upon your first treatment, your fascial stretch therapist will ask specific questions, and assess the body based on any complaints, or questions you may have. Each session is tailored to the client’s needs. All treatments are done on the table with two straps. The straps are there to hold the one leg in place, while the opposing leg receives treatment. This assures that the focused body part is receiving an optimal stretch. For each session, the client should wear clothes that stretch such as leggings, shorts, and t-shirt or tank top.
Is it painful?
Fascial stretch therapy is not painful. It is a gentle modality meant to help the client to relax and stretch out. If there is any pain, or pinching, the client must tell the therapist.
MediCupping™* is three to five times more effective than traditional Deep Tissue massage or Target Area massages because it doesn’t just help remove painful knots (adhesions); it helps heal the soft tissue dysfunction creating the problem in the first place. Massage compresses into the tissue. Cupping pulls the tissue layers out and apart to decompress the tissue. When tissue decompresses, many benefits occur:
- Muscle soften
- Scar tissue reduced
- Attachments strengthen
- Knots dissolve
- Connective tissue stretches back to normal
- Hydration to soft tissue and blood flow increases
- Lymphatic pathways open so that acidic-toxins can drain away from the injured tissues
Bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues
One of the most amazing aspects of this technique is the “separation” that the vacuum produces in tissue layers. This enables water absorption and renewed blood flow to undernourished and dehydrated tissue as well as the elimination of old waste and congestion. Along with the substantial health benefits of clearing old debris, the use of suction is invaluable in releasing soft tissue, scars and restricted fascia. Think of the impact of clearing and opening the body systems all the way down to a cellular level, as well as releasing old structural compensatory patterns that are no longer beneficial. A new cycle begins with the replication of healthier cells turning into healthier systems … a recaptured homeostasis that leads to wellness, despite age or history.