Fascial Manipulation

Fascial manipulation is one of the newest and most exciting manual therapy techniques offered. It is changing the way providers look at and treat injuries and dysfunction. The gold standard in fascial manipulation comes from the Stecco family, sometimes called the “First Family of Fascia.” The Stecco Fascial Manipulation method was researched and invented by Drs. Luigi Stecco, Carla Stecco, and Antonio Stecco (medical doctors in Italy). The technique has continued to evolve over the last 35 years through intense research and clinical observations. It is just now being popularized and implemented in the United States. The method involves dividing the treatment areas by body planes of movement while focusing on complex motion patterns centered around joint and muscular dysfunction.

What is Fascia?

Fascia is a structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, nerves, blood vessels. Its role is to bind some structures together. Fascia is similar to ligaments and tendons as they are made of collagen. However, while ligaments just join one bone to another and tendons join muscle to bone, fascia surrounds muscles and other structures. In theory, it covers and connects the whole body. When there is dysfunction in one segment, it can lead to dysfunction in another segment.

What does Fascia provide

  • Sliding and gliding environment for muscles
  • Suspension of organs within the proper place
  • Transmission of movement from muscles to bones
  • Supportive and movable wrapping for nerves and blood vessels as they pass through and between muscles

How does Fascial Manipulation work?

Trauma, injury, or inflammation often causes the Fascia to shorten, and what previously was a pain-free range of motion may now become painful and restricted. The typical sliding of fascia becomes compromised and increases scar tissue production (commonly known as knots or trigger points). The scar tissue or adhesions often change the transmission of forces through the muscles and tendons, thus causing recurring pain, injury, or dysfunction.

The mainstay of fascial manipulation lies in identifying a specific and highly localized fascia area connected with a precise limited movement or pain point. Once this area is specified, then the fascia is manipulated by a provider’s manual technique. The adhesion disappears or decreases, thus allowing restored movement and reduced pain. The Stecco Fascial Manipulation method allows the provider to treat the body as a whole. For example, an adhesion in your knee or lower leg may be causing pain in your back or neck. Most providers treat the area of pain without ever touching the root cause, which could be triggered by dysfunction in another part of the body.

**Like most medical interventions, there are risks and rewards involved in fascial manipulation. Please consult with the professionals at Phase 5 to see if fascial manipulation is suitable for you.**

Fascial Manipulation Price Duration
Initial Assessment w/ 1st treatment included
60 min
Follow up Appts w/ 1 Recovery Modality
30 min

“Any structure must have a strong foundation”

John Wooden