Calgary Fascial Manipulation

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Fascial Manipulation (FM) is a science-based treatment which involves manual therapy of the muscles and fascia (connective tissue) to reduce pain and stiffness as well as restore muscular balance and movement control.

Fascia is our connective tissue that is literally everywhere in our body. Old school thinking used to think of it as “filler” tissue that surrounds the important anatomy such as muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons. New school thinking now considers our fascial system as our 6th sensory organ, central to the coordination and feedback system that controls our movement.

Normal, healthy tissue has liquid lubricant in between our fascial layers which allow the connective tissue to slide against each other as we move. Stress and injury to our tissues causes this lubricant to thicken up, creating adhesions between the layers of fascia. These adhesions can trap small nerves and blood vessels, causing pain and inflammation. The adhesions also change the feedback from that body part back to our brain, which alters our movement control.

Fascial Manipulation is a diagnostic and treatment system that relieves these connective tissue adhesions which reduces pain and improves mobility.

Fascial Manipulation is not the same as Active Release Therapy (ART) or Myofascial Release!

We practice the Stecco Method, who pioneered the therapeutic technique called Fascial Manipulation. This method involves a complete and thorough evaluation of the myofascial system to identify stiffness and lack of coordination. Treatment are directed to specific areas (fascial adhesions) called centers of coordination (CC’s) and centers of fusion (CF’s) with an eye towards reducing these adhesions and improving movement coordination and control. As your movement control improves joints and surrounding soft tissues are unloaded which reduces pain and promotes healing.

How Does Fascial Manipulation Work?

The exact mechanism for FM were only recently discovered with research of myofascial stiffness and its response to friction. Manual techniques are used to create friction which increases tissue temperature and local inflammation in specific areas (CC’s and CF’s). This melts the adhesions restoring normal gliding of the soft tissues which restores normal movement control through our nervous system.

What type of problems can FM help? Does This Sound Like You?

Your NSCSM’s Fascial Manipulation Therapists are considered experts in treating neuromusculoskeletal ailments such as:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Joint Pain & Discomfort
  • Neck Pain
  • Low Back & Hip Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoarthritis

What type of problems can FM help? Does This Sound Like You? Cont...

  • Spinal Disc Conditions
  • TMJ disorders and pain (Temporomandibular joint – jaw joint)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Common Sprains & Strains
  • Limited mobility
  • Recovery from injuries (e.g., whiplash, falls, sports injury)
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Postural problems
  • Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle tension or spasm
  • Pain after exercise
  • Pain after or during everyday activities
  • Chronic pain after injury or surgery

Our Wellness Team is pleased to offer:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Dry needling/IMS (intramuscular stimulation
  • Massage Therapy
  • Sports Medicine Services
  • Prolotherapy
  • Medical Acupuncture
  • Nutritional Consulting
  • Personal Trainers
  • Nutrition and weight loss

We Are on Your Team

In addition to the general public, at National Spine Care, we understand the specific needs of both professional and amateur athletes when it comes to recovering from an injury or performing at the highest degree for your sport. Often injuries and performance require a collaborative approach, so our Fascial Manipulation therapists work alongside other health care providers (Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Medical Doctors) to support your health goals. Your treatment plan is based on several proven treatments that are sport or activity specific, and we will work with you to not only correct any imbalances in your body but help tailor your overall health & fitness regime as well. The bigger picture is to help you improve your performance, suffer fewer injuries, and ultimately recover quicker.

Maintenance and Prevention

The care you receive at National Spine Care goes beyond just treating your ailment. Our goal is to have our clients maintain the results of their treatment and learn how to prevent injury in the future. We work with you to develop a plan that helps transition our patients from active therapy to an injury prevention and maintenance plan.

National Spine Care's 3 Step Treatment Plan

Chiropractic care involves the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the muscle’s bones and joints, especially the spine. Your first visit to National Spine Care is dedicated to learning about the history of your pain and how it impacts your daily life.

The information we gather during your initial assessment is used to create a 3-step treatment plan.